Jonas Cosh got to board the tall ship Lord Nelson in Halifax recently. It was his second time aboard the ship. He spent a week on the ship in 2010.
SACKVILLE, N.B. – A recent trip to Halifax sparked a trip down memory lane for Sackville’s Jonas Cosh, who had a chance to board the tall ship Lord Nelson once again and recall his adventure sailing the seas on the same boat nearly four years ago.
In September 2010, Cosh, 31, who has Cerebral Palsy, flew to Glasgow, Scotland and stepped on board the Lord Nelson to begin a week-long journey that took him from the Irish Sea to Dublin, and ended at Cardiff, Wales. He had learned about the tall ship adventure through a magazine called Abilities.
“The seven days onboard was an awesome experience,” says Cosh, who was believed to be the first Canadian to sail the ship.
The Lord Nelson and its sister ship, the Tenacious, are adapted to meet the needs of people with disabilities. They are from Southampton, England and are part of the Jubilee Sailing Trust.
When people with disabilities board this ship, they are expected to carry out some of the duties, including taking on four-hour watches at the wheel day and night, swabbing the decks, peeling potatoes and vegetables, and hauling ropes.
“It was September when I was on the ship and the weather was quite cool on the Irish Sea. My next voyage will be longer and in a warmer climate, I hope,” he says.
“Probably the most exciting parts of my experience aboard Lord Nelson was climbing the ropes up the mast and watching the dolphins follow the ship.”
Tall ship Lord Nelson was in Halifax earlier this month as part of the city’s visiting ships program.