National Geographic : 1942 Jul
Julien Bryan from Black Star Freighters and Tankers Come to Batumi, Black Sea Port, for Oil Piped Across Transcaucasia The 510-mile pipeline, completed twelve years ago, ends close to the water front, at huge refineries built by the Government. Special harbor pipes carry the fuel from the refineries to the ships. Batumi leads all other Soviet ports in exportation of oil. The sign in the center ofthe picture indicates that this isapassenger pier.