National Geographic : 1937 Nov
Photograph courtesy Belgian Ministry ofColonies "STEAMBOAT ROUND THE BEND!" MEANS EXCITEMENT ON THE CONGO AS ON THE MISSISSIPPI The steamer Kigoma, seen at Stanleyville on the upper Congo, was originally built in the United States for service on theAmerican "Old Man River." Taken inpieces to Central Africa, the old wood-burner plies her unworried way on a jungle stream where swimming hippos and crocodiles areoften theprincipal signs oflife. Sometimes the night was made noisy by nearly naked natives carrying wood aboard to feed her engines (pages 647 and 655). An exotic touch inthis Mississippi-like scene isthe sight of the long, narrow native pirogues-each hollowed from a single tree trunk-racing with rhythmic paddle strokes towardthe steamer turning intheyellow stream.