Pre-WW2 cargo ships


Nothing illustrates the total change in ship appearances between the 1930s and the era of the Container ship ( Box boat) and the  Roll- on /Roll-off ship ( ro/ro) of the post 1970s than  does the line up of the pre-WW2 cargo ship.  Here is the forest of derricks, the tall plumes of coal smoke, the  digital funnel of the early motor ships, even the furled sails of some ships, still sail assisted.

Some of the ships are piled on the foreshore after a cyclone. Another is high and dry on a reef. Some are carrying or loading army troops while any ship whose demise date is between 1939 and 1945, was probably became a war loss.

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