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Traveller: 1903

Traveller: 1903

March 23, 1903. "High water at the New Orleans, Louisiana, levee, Mississippi River." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.


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Lots of interesting things

But I noticed the horse cart. Basically the fact that some of these horses are probably... mules.

Lift that bale

How did they move freight before forklifts? Stevedores, or longshoremen.

Most of the heavy moving done was by human labor, filling up cargo nets with bundles of goods which were then loaded by the cranes on the ships.

I posted this here over a decade ago, so I may as well again.

This is the Traveller, owned by Charente Steamship Company of London. Launched June 22, 1888, at Scotstoun, outside Glasgow, by Charles Connell & Co. Sold in 1919 to the Limerick Steamship Co. of Ireland, and renamed Inishboffin, it wrecked on Wulff Island, Gulf of Finland, on December 13, 1921. Refloated the following May, the vessel was broken up at Hamburg in 1923.

Liverpudlian Loading

From the Lloyd's Register of Shipping, 1903, Steamers: Traveller is captained by R.N. Donald; her homeport is Liverpool; built in 1880 by renown Charles Connell & Co. in Glasgow; she's 330' in length, with a 40' beam.

It appears Traveller, high in the water, is preparing to take on lots and lots of sugar for baking goodies back in Old Blighty. And what's enclosed in those straw-lined crates? Whiskey? Molasses? Jazz musicians making their way to Paris in a rather roundabout and unorthodox manner?


I wonder what that stuff in the elaborate packaging is? Also, how did they move those big packages before the advent of the forklift?

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