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Bristol Stands by for First Delivery of Sailed Cargo since 1970’s

6th September 2019

Categories: Latest News

The Blue schooner Company’s ship de Gallant is currently on its way to Bristol, from Portugal, with a cargo of wine, olive oil and more, all from small producers and cooperatives.

The Blue Schooner Company offers consumers and producers the opportunity to ship their goods by the power of the wind showing that a fossil-fuel free future is possible.

PORT O’BRISTOL and New Dawn Traders and have loaded her up and await her arrival at Underfall Yard on the 20-22 September.

The Ship, which is expected to dock in Bristol on the 21st September, is being sailed on behalf of a growing community of sail-cargo-pioneers who are committed to a new way of business, one that honours producers, reduces emissions in transport and offers exceptional quality products at an honest price.   Bristol’s Portuguese wine importers PORT O’BRISTOL (Xisto Wines) and experimental business New Dawn Traders are working with the management team at Underfall yard and the Blue Schooner Company to coordinate this momentous event.

Bristol will become one of several ports forming part of a small but growing trading network that connects producers and buyers with sailing cargo ships, supply chains curated by New Dawn Traders.

Anton Mann of PORT O’BRISTOL says: “I have been working on PORT O’BRISTOL for many years now and to finally have our twin cities of Porto and Bristol’s ancient trace links re-established is very exciting.  PORT O’BRISTOL will be bringing  barrels of the finest organic artisan Portuguese wines made by celebrated wine makers, especially for this voyage, to be bottled in Bristol.   The wind powered transportation method makes our wines as good as local. You will be able to pre-order wines and also purchase bottles straight from the ship at our events weekend”

(PORT O’BRISTOL by Xisto Wines)

Alex Geldenhuys of New Dawn Traders says: “This is an experiment in rethinking how we trade.  We are asking our customers to pay upfront for the cargo and to collect direct from the ship, so everyone is invested in the voyage.   The savings no longer needing onward distribution, storage or retail marketing are passed on to the buyer.   By making quality products affordable and still paying the producer a fair price, we grow a market for ethical produce, shopped by sail – once community at a time”

Creating a sustainable economy is the biggest challenge.   For example, if a ship like de Gallant holds 35 tonnes and only 2 round trips a year, it does not sail to compete with shipping containers.   This ship requires our patience, our loyalty and our love.   It requires us to be human and not “consumers”.   And we love our ships

(New Dawn Traders)

James Fitzgerald, who manages the Pickle at Underfall Yard, where the ship will dock, says: “I absolutely love the project and think it’s great for all of us that are involved that de Gallant is coming to moor at the yard.   We are working together to make the most of this first arrival in Bristol.  I believe that the visual impact the boat will have and the beautiful Portuguese produce that will be arriving will be welcomed by Bristolians who are always so committed to supporting independent businesses which are environmentally aware and embracing the traditions of our wonderful city.

The Pickle at Underfall Yard

The arrival of the ship will be celebrated with wine tasting, to include the cargo from the ship, talks, workshops and music at The Pickle, Underfall yard on Saturday 21st September.

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