Unsung Cargo Heroes. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl
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There is another life that we don't see on ferries. At least the general public does not. But without the unseen, island life does not happen. That is the life of cargo.
The cargo goes to warehouses and holding areas until the ship, the ferry, is ready to load. Then forklifts take general cargo aboard the ship. A ship's officer has charge over the general lading (balance of weight) aboard the vessel.
The cargo will consist of everything from food and office items to mail and furniture. This is how items from the mainland reach the island (Block Island, RI in this case). It is a huge responsibility and necessary for the sustenance of residents and visitors. This is the unsung function of ferries.
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