British charitable organization formed in 1978 to promote the integration of able-bodied and physically disabled people through sail training. After successfully experimenting with having disabled people crewing alongside the able-bodied, funds were raised to construct a 55-metre (180-ft) steel barque of 490 tonnes displacement which was specially designed and built to be sailed by physically disabled people. Called Lord Nelson, she was launched in 1985 and by 2002 had taken over 17,800 people to sea, of whom 7,064 were physically disabled, including 2,860 who were wheelchair users. Such was her popularity that it was decided to build a second purpose-built ship and the funds were raised to launch the 65-metre (213-ft) Tenacious in 2000. Constructed of Siberian larch and sapele from renewable sources, this 680-tonne barque, the largest wooden sailing ship built for over 100 years, was completed with the help of a volunteer workforce, both able-bodied and disabled, who worked alongside a dedicated professional team of shipwrights. Both ships are based in and around the UK in summer and the Canary Islands in the winter, and they compete in the Tall Ships Race every year.
Subjects: Maritime History.