Thursday, April 23, 2009

Early Water Transport of Gambia, 1953

Date of Issue: November 02, 1953

Scott #: 1p - 154
2-1/2p - 156
3p - 157

Cutter: A small single-masted vessel, fore-and-aft rigged, with two or more headsails, a bowsprit, and a mast set farther back than in a sloop.

Barra Canoe: Type of canoe used in the river of Barra, the non-traditional name of river Niumi, Gambia.

The Lady Wright: A twin-screw motorship launched on June 28, 1949, that was operated on the Gambia river as part of the Government river transport service. She provided weekly service taking passengers, cotton piece goods, tobacco, sugar and rice into the hinterland, and returning with more passengers, palm kernels and groundnuts, of which more than 40,000 tons are exported to Great Britain each year and has on board one of the few traveling post offices in the world. Besides post office, the vessel is also equipped with a bank and hospital.

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