World’s Oldest Cargo Ship has just Arrived in Devon – and it is Magnificent


The world’s oldest cargo ship has stopped in Torque with coffee, olive oil and wine on board. The ship, Trading ketch Nordlys, cruised for six days from Porto in Portugal to Torque, a town in South Devon and used only the power of the wind to navigate.

The crew of seven is expected to offload at least 2,000 litres of organic olive oil, 3,000 bottles of natural wine, 350kg of coffee by hand.

The historic ship was constructed in 1873 – making it possibly the world’s oldest cargo ship presently in operation.

Trading ketch Nordlys was originally built as a fishing trawler on the Island of Wight but has since become a cargo ship carrying hundreds of wares.

The ship is operated by Fair Transports, the world’s first modern ‘emission free’ carriage company, with headquarters in the Netherland.

The sailors encouraged residents to visit the ship and urged them to assist in offloading its wares.

“As climate change has become an undeniable fact, we are a fully versatile, carbon-conscious company,” said skipper Lammert Osinga.

“We believe in sustainable business, together, we can change.

“I believe that, unfortunately, one’s financial success is usually achieved through the exploitation of other people, a phenomenon that keeps happening at a global scale and that deeply affects our relationship with nature and our social and spiritual understanding of life.

“To help the world, we should first of all consume less, and make sure that the products that we do consume come from honest and reliable sources.”


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