Tall ships "Belem" and "Shiwarusi" sailing in Cherbourg, France during the Tall ships race 2005. ^^^ Belem was built in 1896 in Nantes, France. Originally a cargo ship, transporting sugar from the West Indies, and cocoa and coffee from Brazil and French Guyana to Nantes. Along the way she has been owned by the Duke of Westminster and Sir Arthur Guinness but since 1979 she has been a sail training ship flying the French flag.