National Geographic : 1914 Sep
A FOREST OF MASTS: HAMBURG Hamburg is the most important harbor in Europe and the third largest in the world. The quays stretching along both banks of the Norder Elbe from Altona to Elbe bridge, a distance of five miles, accommodate 450 sea-going ships, 1,4ooriver steamboats, and 5,000 barges and small craft. There is a large free harbor district, where freight may be handled without encountering customs duties ifitisdestined for other than German points. Most visitors to Hamburg are rushing for a steamer and do not tarry long enough tosee the beautiful homes, glorious gardens, and lakes thronged with swans, which are affectionately remembered by all who linger.