On Monday, 9th October our class visited the tall ship, "Tenacious". The ship was moored on the quayside in Waterford City, Ireland.

As soon as we boarded the ship we were greeted by the first mate, Paul Crompton and some of the crew. The first mate told us about the Jubilee Sailing Trust, which is a charity that helps disabled people and able-bodied people sail the seas on a tall ship. "Tenacious" was built in Southampton and launched on 3rd of February 2000. The ship had only been in use for six weeks and looked brand new when we visited it. "Tenacious" is built of wood, it has three masts and carries twenty-one sails. "Tenacious" is 64m long, a quarter of the ship is underwater, it carriers three anchors and cost 15,000,000 to build.

Our class separated into two groups and we were given a guided tour of the ship. We learned about the foredeck, main deck and lower decks. We saw the special facilities for the disabled people. The decks and doorways were wider than usual. There were ramps and elevators to allow the disabled people to move about the boat.

We went to the bow of the ship and we walked out along the pulpit. When we looked down we could see the water underneath and it felt scary. The jibs sails were attached to the bowsprit. Beneath the bowsprit was the ships figurehead, two mermaids holding up the JST crest. The anchors were attached to the boat by chain.

Next we went down to the lower deck and we stopped at the gallery. We met the cook who tried to talk to us with a Waterford accent. He was baking bread and preparing fish for lunch. We visited the saloon. We saw the design drawings for the ship hung on the wall. When we looked through the portholes we could see the quay alongside however our guide told us that when the ship was at sea the portholes would often be underwater as the ship healed in the wind. For this reason the glass in the portholes has to be very strong. In the saloon we met the ships doctor and several of the crew who were taking a break.

We climbed the stairs to the bridge. We saw the ships instruments, compass, radar and global positioning system (GPS). Outside we saw the ships wheel and beside it the compass that they use to help them guide the ship at sea. The tiny ship's bell is rung every half hour to remind the sailors of the time.

Everybody enjoyed visiting the ship and meeting the very friendly crew. We learned a lot and found it very interesting. Some of our class would like to sail on the Tenacious when we're older. It took a great effort to build this unique boat, we liked the design and were impressed by how complicated it is to sail.

Mr. Kehoe's Sixth Class,
St. Mary's National School,
Ballygunner,
Waterford.