Eyemouth harbour was alive with activity as it welcomed the world’s only engineless sailing cargo ship.
Arriving last Thursday, the brigantine SV Tres Hombres stopped off in Eyemouth for a few days on her journey from Copenhagen to Great Yarmouth before setting sail again on Monday.
The 32m-long ship has a full complement of 12 sails to drive it through the waves rather than a modern engine, so she gives off no emissions.
On the ship’s first visit to Scotland, a gathering event was hosted by her shipping agent, Quetzal Shipping and Trading.
The event gave the public an opportunity to see the working cargo hold of the ship, that can hold up to 35 tons, and sample some of the unique goods on board.
Amongst the cargo was chocolate, coffee and rum brought from South America and the Caribbean.
Mary-Lou Watt of the Eyemouth Maritime Museum said that the event was a roaring success.
She said: “Everyone had a great time, especially the children in the town who thoroughly enjoyed the evening and were so excited to see what they thought were real pirates.”
The purpose of the trip was to trade some of the cargo on board with local people and purchase whisky to trade in Brazil and beer to take to Amsterdam – all while contributing no carbon emissions.
Tim Dennis, director of Quetzal Shipping and Transport, prides himself on having a successful trading route whilst using sustainable resources.
He said: “What we’re doing really helps people in different communities worldwide, and it was a bit of a no brainer to team up with Fairtransport and do it with no further damage to the environment.”
He added: “This is not a dream it’s reality. There’s a crew on board with scruffy jumpers and happy smiles. We’re keeping young people at sea, which is what our crew all love doing.”
Looking forward, Tim has a similar ship lined up, in conjunction with Fairtransport, that he hopes will run between Europe and Scotland trading goods.
The ship, Nordlys, would be the oldest running cargo ship at 141 years old and would be able to transport around 30 tons of cargo.
Tres Hombres left Eyemouth Harbour on Monday, but Tim Dennis hopes it won’t be long until she returns.