TEN YEARS AGO: Lord Nelson tallship ‘Guide-d’ into Boston

A spectacular tallship docked in Boston as part of a 100-day voyage around Great Britain celebrating Girlguiding UK’s centenary 10 years ago.
The Lord Nelson visits Boston.The Lord Nelson visits Boston.
The Lord Nelson visits Boston.

The Lord Nelson, measuring 42.8m long, pulled into the Port of Boston 10 days after leaving Newcastle on the fourth leg of a 10-leg tour.

The crew had been helped by about 25 members of Girlguiding UK’s senior section and leaders, drawn from across the country.

The intrepid females, aged as young as 15, carried out a wide variety of duties on the ship, from ‘going aloft’ in order to work on the yardarms, to ‘keeping watch’ during the night, and even steering the vessel.

That latest leg included a stop in Amsterdam, just in time for members to watch Netherlands take on Spain in the World Cup final.

Elizabeth Tebbs, 42, a district commissioner in Lincolnshire South, said: “We arrived and the whole place was buzzing. Everyone was wearing orange, vuvuzelas were going - it was amazing.”