I’ve just come back from a holiday where I visited Helsinki from Estonia, which required a ferry trip across the Baltic. Helsinki has a large port, which is also very busy and complicated to navigate (there’s several islands in the entrance to the port and lots of channels).
How would a large sail powered sailing ship have docked at a port like this? The ferry I was on had an engine, which meant it could move anywhere the captain wanted, but a sail powered ship would be depending on the winds blowing in the right direction. Did the boat get towed in by a oar powered boat? Did they just wait for the winds to change? Combine this with lots of other ships wanting to dock or move out, no RADAR, radio etc. and I can see chaos.
How exactly was it done?