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The last banana boat was Camito, built in 1956 by Alexander Stephen & Sons, Glasgow. She would anchor in bays around Trinidad and Jamaica, where lighters would bring the bunches alongside and load them through her side doors. The operation continued around the clock. The performance is celebrated in Harry Belafonte's 'The Banana Boat Song', with the signature lyric “Day-O”. Camito would return to Southampton on the dot at 6 AM every fourth Sunday. She also carried 96 passengers, accommodated in three decks. A round trip in 1969 would cost £550, the equivalent today of £8,300!

This print is pulled from engravings cut from rubber. The method is unique but may be considered a sister to lino-printing. The sheet would fit straight into a standard 11 x 13 inch frame.

Materials used:

oil-based printing inks, JPP Archival Dull White Inlay paper

the last banana boat (2019)


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Peter Long

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