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Here is a report about a new cargo vessel which is scheduled to begin operating from St Nazaire to the Eastern USA in around 2020. It will call at Bilbao and the French territory of St Pierre et Miquelon off the coast of Canada and carry Renault cars among other things. 

https://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.ouest-france.fr/economie/economie-de-la-mer/economie-de-la-mer-fin-2020-des-cargos-la-voile-vers-les-etats-unis-5990790/amp&ved=2ahUKEwjFrrbLy_LeAhUNxxoKHdu3AoYQFjAEegQIARAB&usg=AOvVaw1iFvMJX24gc3FUNbwsBwkx&ampcf=1

Meanwhile, Airbus is planning to equip one of its ships with a giant kite to help reduce fuel consumption. Presumably there is no reason why such technology would not work with ferries. 

https://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.lejournaldesentreprises.com/loire-atlantique-vendee/article/en-2020-les-avions-dairbus-partiront-de-saint-nazaire-la-voile-127596&ved=2ahUKEwjFrrbLy_LeAhUNxxoKHdu3AoYQFjADegQIBxAB&usg=AOvVaw1FeJfqGbRB07HipLWTyj3e

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Well, two thoughts occur to me - one is how passengers would cope with the tilting that invariably goes with passage-making under sail.  Yachtsmen are used to it, but sailing along with a 15 degre angle of tilt could be rather unsettling for those not familiar with the phenomenon.

The second is, the effect on draught.  An intrinsic part of the hydrodynamics of sailing involves the need for deep keels to resist sideways drift in the wind.  These would substantially increase the draught of the vessel such that most BF ports woukd become inaccessible.  I suppose they could make them retracting - but retracting into what space?

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A sailing ship built specially to transport cargo left St Malo today carrying several thousand bottles of wine to New York. She will then go down to the Caribbean to pick up coffee and cocoa to bring back to France. 

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://graindesail.com/content/14-voilier-vootan-72&ved=2ahUKEwi07v_GpoXtAhWQ3oUKHRqYC_AQjBAwAnoECAkQDQ&usg=AOvVaw3x7XzVncTjxGas6AcUWhVx

TF1 news showed her being loaded at the quayside in St Malo and the dockers (Remember them? The ones who cause all the trouble.) managed to drop an entire palette of wine boxes while lifting it with a crane. 

Ed

 

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56 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

A sailing ship built specially to transport cargo left St Malo today carrying several thousand bottles of wine to New York. She will then go down to the Caribbean to pick up coffee and cocoa to bring back to France. 

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://graindesail.com/content/14-voilier-vootan-72&ved=2ahUKEwi07v_GpoXtAhWQ3oUKHRqYC_AQjBAwAnoECAkQDQ&usg=AOvVaw3x7XzVncTjxGas6AcUWhVx

TF1 news showed her being loaded at the quayside in St Malo and the dockers (Remember them? The ones who cause all the trouble.) managed to drop an entire palette of wine boxes while lifting it with a crane. 

Ed

 

Its a time honoured tradition among dockers the world over, if booze is involved. I`ve seen paranoid Mate`s watching em like hawks in the holds (old days) only for them to effortlessly broach the booze cargo and have to be helped back down the gangway at knocking off time 🤣..Reassuringly some things never change in the maritime world!!

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1 hour ago, Cabin-boy said:

 

TF1 news showed her being loaded at the quayside in St Malo and the dockers (Remember them? The ones who cause all the trouble.) managed to drop an entire palette of wine boxes while lifting it with a crane. 

Ed

 

They obviously nicked a couple of bottles first but found them corked....😂

Chris

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Ed is on a roll at the moment. 

The Grain de Sail project does not need to be stained (with red wine?) on our forums by this type of post. Sorry!

And nor do the dockers in St Malo. I know several.

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