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  1. As the ship returns home to Holland next week, we look back at some happy memories of loading rum, coffee and cocoa in the Caribbean and Columbia.

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  2. A beautiful moment sitting on the top-sail yard watching dolphins play in the bow wave. This was shot on one of the last days of our crossing between the Dominican Republic and the Azores, a small volcanic archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The Tres Hombres is a pioneering, engine-less cargo ship, transporting cocoa, rum and coffee across the Atlantic. New Dawn Traders have three barrels of rum on the ship, making their way to London for bottling and exclusively for sale in the UK. Find out more about what we are up to at and for more info about the ship go to where you can support the sail cargo movement and even sail along!

    Song "Sangue Latino" by Secos e Molhados

    "What matters to me is not being defeated,
    my life, my deaths, my crooked ways,
    my latin blood, my captive soul."

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  3. Alex joined the Fairtransport ship, Tres Hombres, earlier this year from Barbados to the Azores, part of the ship's 9th Atlantic roundtrip carrying cargo under sail across the Atlantic. This video is a compilation of snippets from her time on this trip.

    On this voyage the ship picked up coffee from Columbia and cocoa-beans and rum from the Caribbean islands. Most of the cargo is headed to the Netherlands, where the ship will shortly be arriving, but a couple barrels will make it to the UK to become the next New Dawn Rum. Find out more here:

    This ship is a handsome 75ft Brigantine with a crew of professional and trainee crew. Anyone can join! For all enquiries regarding the ship visit

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  4. Ben Harris is a traditional wooden boat builder based in Cornwall, UK.

    This film documents Ben Harris’ love of woodwork and boat building, how he acquired his skills, and how incredible it is to be able to take something that you’ve built with your own hands out onto the water and sail it across the sea.

    Who is Ben Harris?

    Ben has always loved wood. His mother said that his first word was ‘log’. He has been working with wood throughout the UK since the age of 15. First as an assistant to a cabinet maker, where he started by sharpening the tools and clearing up. He then developed his skills in furniture making and his passion for wood and forestry by working in broadleaf woodlands. Later he tuned his skills in bespoke oak-framed carpentry and went on to establish a sawmill and oak framing business in Scotland, sourcing timber from the local estates. In 2005 Ben moved to Cornwall to study boatbuilding. He has been building boats and sailing them ever since.

    Shooting from timber to tide

    We spent three days with Ben, staying with him in the idyllic handbuilt wooden cabin he lives in, in Constantine, Cornwall. When we arrived Wednesday, late afternoon, the plan was to make pumpkin soup and couldn’t believe our luck when we discovered the open fire cooking area in the garden. Within an hour after arriving we were already shooting some lovely material. The next day we covered the area around the house, the two workshops, the woods and recorded the voice-over. The real treat came on Friday morning when we took his self-built sailing yacht Alva out on Falmouth’s waters. First, we covered the beautiful yacht from a motorboat with skipper Matthew Dale and dog Ruben, before we stepped on board ourselves and got close to the action. What a great experience.

    Credits and technical information

    Directed by Remco Merbis with Fern Scott.

    Cinematography, grade and edit by Remco Merbis.

    Sound recorded by Fern Scott.

    Music by Jonny Pryor.

    Thanks to Ben Harris, Jack Adair Bevan, Jacob Dodd and Matthew Dale.

    Sony PXW-FS7
    Metabones Speedbooster Ultra
    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
    Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 II USM Lens

    Manfrotto 546GBK with 504HD head tripod
    DJI Ronin
    Chinese Lantern

    Shot at 25 and 50 fps at 1080p and 4K.
    Graded in DaVinci Resolve, using Impulz cinematic film emulation 3D LUTs at 1080p HD with added 35mm film grain.

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