Tramp steamers are now a memory of a colonial past when small freighters sailed from port to port delivering and picking up freight. Fast turnarounds were routine, loading was done using local dockworkers who were also called as stevedores. Holds were filled with canvas wrapped rice bales, barrels of whale oil, crated porcelain. After loading the stevedore supervised stowing, counting and sign the manifest for local customs. When in port his job was day and night, and he knew every nook and cranny of the vessel, while carrying his ‘hold’ lamp because heavy wooden hatch covers turned day into night belowdecks. Our wood, brass and leather authentic replica of the stevedore steamer is such a hold lamp, and stands upright as well. The electric cable plugs into standard sockets.
An interesting and practical symbol of a bygone era.