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The tall ship Tenacious (Photograph supplied)

A tall ship designed to be crewed by the disabled is to visit Bermuda tomorrow.

The sailing ship Tenacious, one of only two ships adapted for crew with disabilities, is expected to dock in St George’s for a day.

The vessel will hold an “open ship” tomorrow from 4.30pm to 6pm.

Mary Wingate, a volunteer through the Bermuda Sailors Home, said the ships provided “life-changing adventures” to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Ms Wingate said the ship was owned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust, an international programme set up to give the physically disabled the chance to sail.

Sister ship Lord Nelson is scheduled to visit the island in March next year en route to its home port of Southampton in England.

Ms Wingate said the trust was keen to recruit crew for further voyages.

She explained the ships are designed to “challenge and enable a crew of mixed physical abilities to sail together and explore the oceans”.

The ships feature speaking compasses, which allow the visually impaired to steer and full wheelchair access.

The Bermuda Sailors Home has supported the Jubilee Sailing Trust since 1989.

Both ships are repeat visitors the island and have taken Bermudians of all abilities on board.

The Bermuda Sailors Home, a charity, is fundraising to sponsor two sailors with physical disabilities on the ships.

Donations can be made to Bermuda Sailors Home at Butterfield account 20006060000131100, marked for the Jubilee Sailing Trust.

Ms Wingate said donations are held separately from the Bermuda Sailors Home.

For more information, call 295-5598, or e-mail marywingate@gmail.com

The tall ship Lord Nelson (Photograph supplied)