Transporting Sugar Hogsheads by Boat, St. Vincent, West Indies, 1847


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Source
Charles William Day, Five year's residence in the West Indies (London, 1852), vol. 1, p. 95.

Comments
The picture shows a small boat with a six-man crew, loading a large hogshead of sugar. Dating from the post-emancipation period, but evoking similar scenes of the later slave period (and well into the twentieth century). Author viewed this scene in early 1847, on a visit to a small village in St. Vincent which had a small wooden pier used for shipping sugar: "The drogher, a schooner generally about forty-five tons . . . conveys the sugar from the estates to the ship in which it is exported, lies at anchor a few hundred yards from the shore . . . . The boats called moses-boats, which convey the hogshead from the shore to the drogher, are tremendously strong . . . . They are manned by Negroes and Carib Indians, and the very launching of such a heavy boat through such a surf is a sight to be remembered" (pp. 94-95).