Tres Hombres- a Tall
Ship that's back in business!
Gliding into the port
on Sat 15th October, aided by the pilot ship was Tres Hombres,
a unique sailing ship with no engine, only sail power to transport
its cargo to Brixham and beyond.
at the Town Pontoon, Tres Hombres dates from 1943 so might be
considered a ‘youthful sailing vessel' compared to the other
Brixham Heritage boats moored there. However built in the style
of the Cutty Sark and now restored with an 1870s design of rigging,
she has completed 4 journeys across the Atlantic to date and
TransOceanic Wind Transport (TOWT) intends this to be just the
beginning of a fleet of sailing vessels that don't rely on oil
to carry cargo.
Captain Jorne Langelaan,
said, “Brixham is the first place we've come to in England and
whilst there are hybrid tall ships with engines it is quite
radical to take out the engine and rely entirely on wind power.”
Are sailing ships
a step back in time or a future necessity, as oil reserves are
depleted? Guillaume Le Grand, a founder member of TOWT said,
“This journey is an environmental statement, delivering products
with an exemplary carbon footprint.”
ship also has its own wind turbines and solar panels generating
needed electricity for the up to date navigational equipment.
The crew of 13 may be volunteers but this is a serious business
venture as the ship rounds the Atlantic in winter to collect
cargo from the Caribbean amongst other places.
On board in the ship's
hold, Tres Hombres Rum, a 8 year old Gran Anejo from the Dominican
Republic awaits sampling, as the Captain hopes to do business
with local caters. All are invited to visit on Sunday
16th October after 2pm for a rum tasting on board
at Brixham Harbour.
Hombres is open to the public to have a look around
up until set sail (weather permitting) on Thurs 20th October.
There are other goods on board which come from the Netherlands,
such as specialised jams and berry wines, as the ship sailed
from Den Helden after its summer break, following last winter's
Here in Brixham prestigious
Exeter Brewry's Avocet Ale will be loaded on board to take on
the next leg of the journey to Brest in France and so the trading
continues as the ship moves around to Portugal , The Canaries
and then across to Grenada to pick up chocolate to take to New
Captain Jorne said
that, 'The whole project is not the mastermind of a rich entrepreneur
but a community effort, as people came together financing the
boat through buying shares, then they restored the boat and
now some sail it.'
Nevertheless the vision
is to create an ‘Ecoliner' the largest tall ship the world has
ever seen to help solve the transportation problems of the future,
hopefully with the backing of the Dutch Government.
Jorne Langelaan, a founder of Fair Transport said,
Until then Fair
Transport will keep trading
and raising the question of where and how do the products we
use every day get to us and at what cost to us and our environment?
For anyone wanting to become a volunteer member of the sailing
crew (no experience necessary) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about TOWT click here... www.towt.eu