WATCH: Tall ship sails into Aberdeen during UK tour

One of the only fully-accessible tall ships in the world has sailed into Aberdeen.

The Lord Nelson is currently embarking on a voyage around Great Britain.

The ship docked at the city’s Blaikies Quay after journeying up from Sunderland on the fourth leg of its trip.

It was due to leave the city today, with stop-offs in other cities including Liverpool, Cardiff, Bristol and Southampton.

The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) and Barclays employees from across the UK have joined forces as the ship’s permanent crew for 11 voyages over a two-month period.

The vessel is commissioned by the JST – an international disability charity that takes both disabled and able bodied men and women to sea.

Robbie Crow, engagement officer for the charity, was pleased to see the ship arrive in the Granite City.

He said: “It was great to have it in Aberdeen.

“Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

The voyage was full. We had a full complement of disabled and non-disabled people on. She sailed at 50 altogether.

“There aren’t many ports on the east coast that you can call in so Aberdeen is always one of our choices and we always get a good reception from the locals when we get here.”

Commissioned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust in 1984, Lord Nelson was the first tall ship in the world to be designed and built to enable people of all ages and abilities to sail side-by-side on equal terms.

Each of the 209 Barclays employees have been paired with a “buddy” for the 11-leg voyage, with everyone working together to have a shared, inclusive experience.

During the voyage, the crew will have the chance to share skills and talk about their lives.

The vessel has sailed around the world once and was the first fully-accessible ship to successfully round Cape Horn.

Following its UK tour, the Lord Nelson is off to Quebec in Canada as part of that country’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

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