National Geographic : 1952 Mar
Thirty-foot Sweeps Push a Lighter Out of Bridgetown Harbor Only vessels drawing 14/ 2 feet of water or less can enter the city's narrow inner harbor, or ca reenage (pages 370-371 and 383). Freighters and passenger ships an chor outside in the deep sheltered waters of Carlisle Bay. Bulky lighters and other small craft shuttle between ships and shore, carrying passengers and freight. Husky boatmen, strain ing on the big sweeps, transfer many cargoes. In the roadstead, freighters load sugar, rum, molasses, lime, and cotton. They disgorge from their holds rice, flour, fodder, meat, lumber, textiles, electrical appa ratus, and machinery. In earlier days the arrival of a cruise ship in Carlisle Bay created bedlam. 'Bados boatmen, push ing their water taxis, swarmed around her, clamoring for fares. Competition was fierce. Fore warned passengers seldom ven tured ashore until a bargain had been struck in advance. The fares were set by law, but boatmen were not above asking unsuspect ing newcomers all the traffic would bear. Now order has come to the busy roadstead. Steamship companies make contracts with a local firm to take passengers ashore and back.