A ship laden with fine Portuguese food and drink including chocolate, wine and coffee is on its way to Bristol.
Powered by wind alone, the New Dawn Traders vessel departed Porto on August 7 and is set to arrive in Bristol on Sunday, August 30.
The boat’s creaking hold contains a vast amount of exquisite Portuguese produce, which can be ordered on New Dawn Traders’ website before being collected from the boat upon its arrival at Underfall Yard.
Nestled among a cargo of almonds, mezcal, panela, rice, olives, pulses, coffee and honey is the product that inspired New Dawn Traders’ first voyage, Portuguese olive oil.
Working with an olive oil sommelier in central Portugal, the company has now partnered with four olive farmers who all make exceptional olive oil.
New Dawn Traders say the product is bought for a fair price, shipped fossil fuel-free and imports a unique product that can’t be grown or produced in the UK.
This voyage is aboard the Gallant, part of the Blue Schooner Company’s fleet, a former fishing lugger on the North Sea built in 1916.
It is being shared with Xisto Wines, a Bristol-based wine importer specialising in small producer wines from Portugal.
After docking in Bristol on August 30, the Gallant will visit Penzance, Newhaven, Ramsgate, London and Great Yarmouth.
With a growing network of ships and producers, New Dawn Traders is building new models of trade that put planet and people first.
Cutting the supply chain down to its fundamental parts, farmers and producers load their cargo directly onto the ship, which then passes through no more hands before it’s collected by the buyer at the other end.
Taken from port to port through carbon neutral shipping, this is the “only way for consumers to enjoy exceptional food and drink from around the world with a minimal impact on the environment,” said a New Dawn Traders spokesperson.
All products can be ordered from New Dawn Traders’ website, with collection and delivery options available.