We’ve returned with your regularly scheduled programming…Things in history that mankind is resurrecting because the time is right again.
The Age of Sail
In the days before the industrial revolution, sail ships dominated international trade and naval mastkicking. Enormous Spanish galleons carried gold, rum, and tobacco from the Caribbean, while more efficient ships like the Dutch fluyt gave their merchants a competitive edge in the global economy. As years progressed rigging became ludicrously elaborate to make full use of the wind’s power until the um, wind shifted in favor of coal-powered ships. From there on out it was fossil fuels for life baby. Ok, and maybe a little nuclear power here and there.
But some things never change. Companies still want to get a competitive edge and have returned to sails to provide it because, like everything else, oil is expensive and finite. Several steps have already been made to supplement ships like having kites help tug them along.