A sailing ship delayed by headwinds while on a transatlantic voyage to promote sustainable transport lost her berth to a gas-guzzling motor-yacht owned by the former NCP Car Parks tycoon!
The horrible irony dawned on the frustrated crew of Tres Hombres, a 103-foot engineless brigantine, as they entered the British port of Portsmouth Harbor two and a half weeks out from the Azores.
Their easily accessible berth at the show harbor Gunwharf Quays was already taken by the 246-foot super motor-yacht Leander G, owned by Sir Donald Gosling, former chairman of NCP.
Instead the engineless square-rigger had to be towed into an unsuitable berth wedged between the Spinnaker Tower and the overhanging bow of the motor-yacht.
First aboard were Customs officers from the UK Border Agency who enjoyed scoffing some of the chocolate bars the ship is loaded with.
The ship, owned by the Sustainable Transport Company, is loaded with rum, coffee, wine and cocoa beans as well as chocolate from the Caribbean, and was chartered by the Grenada Chocolate Company.
The brigantine, skippered by Dutchman Jorne Langelaan and his 11 crew, was to unload part of her freight in Portsmouth before sailing onto Belgium and Holland to deliver the remainder of it.
All concerned with the freight hope that more cargoes will be carried by sailing ships to prevent carbon build up.
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