Monday, April 02, 2012
The Lady Nelson greets Cook's Endeavour
March 2012 and HM Bark Endeavour (replica) sailed into the Derwent for a short stay in Hobart.
As she sailed along the River, she was passed by HM Colonial Brig (replica) The Lady Nelson.
The Lady Nelson's home port is Hobart.
Built on the Thames at Deptford in 1798, the original vessel was 16m long with a 5m beam and had centreboards in place of a keel.
Having sailed to NSW, in 1800 she was the first vessel to sail west to east on Bass Strait and in 1801, the first to enter Port Phillip Bay (Melbourne).
In 1803 she sailed up the River Derwent and helped establish the site for Hobart.
She was lost in Timor (possible pirated and crew murdered) in 1825.
The replica vessel which sails out of Hobart almost daily was built on the Derwent River.
Having sailed on the Lady Nelson, here is a little of my experiences.