Tall Ship Hotel


Where there’s a will there’s a way!

I bought JDL in March 2014 after 12 long years in wet dock in Leith. She was covered by green moss growing both on her timbers and her sails. Despite this I fell in love with her at first sight and told her that I will bring her back to her best form. Most of all I promised her high seas and favourable winds, the smell and look of the ocean and the continents to explore.  Together we were going to train people to be sailors and teach them about the life at sea following our beloved Sail Training Programme.

My daughter was 3 months old at the time. Immediately after signing the Bill of Sale we both few to Edinburgh where a team of friends was preparing JDL for her maiden voyage to a shipyard in Poland.

Blog from our cook onboard this voyage across the North Sea:

Byłam kukiem na JDL, wiosna 2014 r.


Since March 2014 lots has changed, however life brought another surprise for us: We were preparing for another winter in The Canary Islands together with our daughter (now 3) and dog Golden Retriever (3 ½) when I parted our ways with my partner who has left us unexpectedly together with our daughter, the dog and the ship. I have been told that the ship once again needed lots of work and money if she was to keep sailing. Not all was true and some were bogus gossip originated from our competition and angry people. I have learnt about the Ship’s debts




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