Lord Nelson has tied up at Bristol Docks ahead of a trip to Falmouth on Sunday. She is one of only two Tall Ships in the world designed to allow people of all abilities to sail side-by-side as equals. She is run by the Jubilee Sailing Trust and offers a chance to try life at sea.
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