WALTON Girls’ High School students Lana Marshall and Phillipa Leadenham have been on the trip of a lifetime on board a 200ft-long tall ship named Stavros S Niarchos.
The pair were among a crew of 45 youngsters aged 16 and 17 from 20 schools across the UK to take part in the Ships Youth Trust Voyage of Achievement.
They set off from Hartlepool earlier this month on the 10-night voyage before heading down the east coast and finishing in Portsmouth this week.
Both of the Walton Girls’ pupils wrote blog entries on their experiences.
Lana said in her entry: “The best parts of the day was going aloft up on the foremast!
“Plus on the 6pm to 8pm watch, I got to go on the helm without the engine, which at first was nerve-wracking but I got the hang of it.”