They said good-bye to their families and shipped out in these sailing vessels.
A statement says that a guided missile cruiser stopped a sailing vessel in the Arabian Sea and found the weapons.
Most were airlifted by helicopter to other merchant vessels sailing nearby.
Before they were replaced by steamships, sailing vessels like the Cutty Sark were used to carry tea from China and wool from Australia.
The captain as often as possible put up his sails, and under the double action of steam and sail the vessel made rapid progress along the coasts of Anam and Cochin China.