Eco-friendly cargo ship Avontuur docks in Montreal - Montreal

On a cloudy Saturday, a 1920s-era schooner glided into Montreal's Old Port. 

While some might brand its arrival as a tourist trap, the boat came with a purpose: to deliver cargo from Europe to North America, sustainably.

The wind-powered schooner docked in Montreal as part of a project that aims to offer businesses and consumers an environmentally-friendly shipping option.

Called the Avontuur, the boat travelled from La Rochelle, in France, to Montreal, marking the first eco-friendly transatlantic commercial crossing of the 21st century.

Over the last two months, the schooner has carried cargo mainly consisting of French artisanal work and champagne. Some fabric that was shipped to Montreal will be used by Cirque du Soleil's costume designers. 

Launched by Montreal-based retail company PortFranc and supported by the Quebec government, the project seeks to create a green sea route between Europe and North Am....

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