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Fair Winds for Global Commerce by Sail – April 16, 2013

Shipping industry is showing renewed interest in fleets powered by wind energy

International cargo ports in Europe and the Caribbean are occasionally treated to an unusual sight these days – cargo vessels with billowing sails slipping in to dock between hulking container ships. The vessels are a symbol of a possible renaissance of the golden age of sail, a period that historians say ended sometime around the last decades of the nineteenth century.

a ship with sailsPhoto courtesy Michel Floch/ TOWTThe 32-meter brigantine Tres Hombres has been in service since December 2009. She maintains a sustainable freight service between: Europe, the Atlantic islands, the Caribbean and America and has a cargo capacity of 35 tons.

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by: Robert Bateman

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