National Geographic : 1954 Mar
308 National Geographic Photographer B.Anthony Stewart Ocean Freighters, Replacing Bygone Windjammers, Enter Savannah Harbor for Cotton, Tobacco, and Rosin Savannah's 10-mile water front delights visitors with its iron balconies, steep retaining wall, and curving rampspaved with cobblestones brought asballast in early English sailing vessels. When the Savannah, first transatlantic steamship, made her maiden voyage from this portin1819, timber, indigo, rice, and cotton were favored cargo. Today indigo is forgotten; rice is making a comeback. Distant white piers will support a high-level bridge spanning the sluggish river toHutchinsons Island, where expanding industrial plants replace cow pastures. This wooden balcony is part of the old Cotton and Naval Stores Exchange Building, now home ofthe Chamber of Commerce, where traders long set world prices on turpentine and rosin (page 293).