On Tuesday 31 March, 2015, the Working Harbor Committee held their annual film night at the Community Church of New York. The feature film was a very compelling documentary, “Liemba!”, about the 100-year-old vessel that ferries people along the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika between Kigoma, Tanzia and Mpulungu, Zambia. Lake Tanganyika is the world’s largest freshwater lake and stretches through central Africa.
We witnessed the colorful lives of people approaching MV Liemba in small boats to pick up or drop off passengers, to buy or sell goods on the ferry or to transport goods elsewhere. Scintillating interviews entertained us as did the East African music soundtrack.
After the movie, we enjoyed interesting speeches by special guest speakers James Wong Director of Ferries, NYCEDC, Peter Flynt Portfolio Manager for Ferries and Maritime at NYCEDC, and Rick Spilman author of Old Salt Blog and two novels: “The Shantyman” and “Hell Around the Horn”.
We must have all felt a link with the riders of MV Liemba as we heard about future plans to expand community ferry service in NYC to remote areas lacking other public transportation options.
We then enjoyed food, wine and beer with excellent company!
Thanks to everyone who came out despite the rain to support the Working Harbor Committee!