At the beginning of October the brigantine Tres Hombres sailed from Den Helder, North Holland, to Zaandam, Amsterdam before beginning a voyage to the West Indies with 35 tons of aid to hurricane victims on St Martin in the Lesser Windward Islands.
The brigantine, operated by the Dutch Free Trade Alliance, carried all her cargo under sail only. The Tres Hombres had fifteen people aboard including a crew of five, and paying trainees who joined for all or part of their voyage across the Atlantic. After visiting St Martin the brigantine should sail to the Dominican Republic or Jamaica where rum will be bought for sale in Amsterdam.
_auto_generated_thumb_ The Free Trade Alliance’s ketch Nordlys, built in 1873 as an English sailing trawler, loads 30 tonnes and began carrying cargoes under sail in 2015. She has stayed in European waters, and last autumn, the Nordlys called at Brixham where some rechalking of the bottom, and antifouling was undertaken.
It has been reported recently that the Alliance has bought the 100ft (30m) steel schooner Brigantes, built in 1911, and converted to a motor coaster. It is intended to convert her back to a sailing vessel at Trapani, Italy.