Tuesday, June 29, 2010

X is for X-ing the emissions with "Tres Hombres"

No ordinary ship passed me by this morning: it was Brigantine "Tres Hombres". It may look like an "ordinary" sailing vessel, but it is not. It was built in 2009 on a Dutch initiative to make sustainable merchant ships with zero emission.

It is engaged in so-called tramp freight and is registered in Sierra Leone (you can catch a glimpse of the flag in the lower photo). It has now been in Bergen to fetch a load of timber and traditional Norwegian food. The timber is intended for the restoration of The Norwegian Seamen's Church in Cardiff, and the food for a food festival there.

And here is what The Norwegian Seamen's Church looked like in 2002.



Today's post is an entry in the SIXTH round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt. For more, you can log on via the MckLinky enabled site

37 comments:

imac said...

A wonderful sight Rune, and well captured my friend.

photowannabe said...

Magnificient vessel and interesting information. I guess that's why I enjoy ABC Wednesday so much.

Hood Photo Blog said...

I used X-ing too :) X is a hard letter in the theme! Have a good rest of the week

Hood Photo Blog

Sylvia K said...

I can only echo what photowannabe and imac have written! What a magnificent vessel indeed! I would love to make a voyage on that one! Great photos! And I really enjoyed the information you included! Marvelous post as always. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Sylvia

Roger Owen Green said...

I especially love the shot of the boat coming towards us, er, you.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Jeni said...

Oh my! Those ship photos made my imagination run wild! I showed them to one of my grandson's therapists who is here today and asked her if looking at this ship didn't make her feel like maybe a ship of pirates was coming at her and she said "OH WOW! YES!" So I wasn't the only one it made feel that way. Loved all the pics but the ship -that was just outstanding!

Mara said...

And a Frisian flag flying in top. You can barely get any more brilliant!

Anne-Berit said...

Seilskute av det virkelig fine slaget du har foreviget her.Flott innlegg som vanlig fra deg.Håper du har en fin sommer:)

Anna said...

Vacker skuta! Söt liten sjömanskyrka! Jag bryr mig inte om X-et längre. Jag tycker om dina bilder!
Bra gjort!
Hjärtliga hälsningar
Anna

Anna's X-ord

Anne said...

Trøstes å min for en lekker skute!! Har du forsøkt å få den på en flaske?? :-)

lynnwiles said...

Nice to know that someone is realizing that the old ways made a lot of sense. Thanks for the story Rune.

Reader Wil said...

I love sailingships or tallships. Actually they are much better for the environment. My father was a chief engineer on board of a merchantman. My husband had been a sailor for 6 years.Both loved sailingships too.Wonderful post, Rune.
Thanks for your visit. Next week ABC I have chosen didgeridoo music played by an Aborigine.

Dagrun said...

Flott skute da, og imponerende å bygge den på denne måten (alt du vet, må jeg legge til, et vandrende oppslagsverk mistenker jeg deg å være;).

Ha en flott uke. (Jeg har ferie nå, ungene og jeg. Det blir tidenes bytte-på-ferie- sommer dette her, men men... det må til det også.)

becky at abbeystyle said...

Such beauty and zero emission? A miracle of form and function!!

ρομπερτ said...

Reads like a fairy-tale to me. Thank you very much for that ! Please have a great Wednesday.

daily athens

Cheryl said...

Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing the story of Les Hombres.

Stan Ski said...

I'm all for zero emissions.
Great post!

Hildred and Charles said...

Thank you for the information and for the beautiful photos, - a romantic looking vessel with a swashbuckling name.

Beverley Baird said...

Such a beautiful ship! Great post this week for X!

Nydia said...

I was wondering what you would come up with this week, I only knew I would love it anyway! Oh, this ship, so elegant and beautiful, and zero emission as bonus, perfection!

Kisses from Nydia.

Tumblewords: said...

Oh, my gosh. What a gorgeous ship! She is spellbinding. I love the idea of zero emission. She is so inspiring. Thank you!

Tulsa Gentleman said...

I m repeating what has already been said here but I have to comment on the sailing ship. It is a surprise to see it as a new ship. I can't imagine that there will be very many like this but it is a beautiful ship and a wonderful idea.

Paula Scott said...

What a beautiful ship and a beautiful shot of the ship (ooo, that's a tongue twister).

Mar said...

What a magnificent and beautiful vessel. And fantastic shots!!

ABC-Wed: X

Malyss said...

Hummm,to leave back the cities and their crowds, and to sail away with those Three Hombres!A marvellous boat, leaded by a good spirit, sailing for a great cause..

ChrisJ said...

That is a beautiful ship Rune! Sometimes the old ways are definitely better -- or is that just because I'm getting old that I think that! The seaman's church certainly doesn't look old. It looks neat and clean and well spruced up.

Grace and Bradley said...

Whit a magnificent ship, quite an interesting idea of saving the environment!

mrsnesbitt said...

Thanks for another fantastic shot from your part of Norway - always so lovel!

angelcel said...

I love seeing proper old-fashioned sailing ships - brings a lump to my throat actually. I also had no idea there were Norwegian settlers in Cardiff, or how important it had been as a port until I followed your link, so thanks fr that. I learn something new every week on this project. :)

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Det var ei elegant skute du har hatt forbi hos deg nå Rune,og fine bilder. Misunner deg den utsikten du har, hadde vel ikke fått meg bort derfra igjen, hehe. Ha en fin dag. Her regner det i bøtter og spann i dag,men naturen trenger litt drikke nå, var veldig tørt.

lv2scpbk said...

Beautiful photos. On behalf of the ABC Wed. team, thanks for participating. Barb

Gattina said...

Love the beautiful boats !!
Gattina ABC Team

peripheralperceptions said...

These types of ships always take my breath away. I think they are beautiful. Thanks for the pics. And thanks for stopping by my place and leaving a nice comment.

Ann said...

Today our price of petrol and electricity went up. We have a tax for emission. It is called Emissions Trading Scheme

We should have more of your ship.

Lara Neusiedler said...

wow, beautiful & ecological! great capture!

Barbara Martin said...

RuneE, I love these sailing ships. My imagination takes back to the time when everyone sailed one.

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

So an African ship transporting timber from Norway to Wales - more sense than loading it on to lorries.