The Harbour of Lobito - Its Life and Activity (A Brief Report), by Raimundo Serrao (pub. 1945)The Harbour of Lobito - Its Life and Activity (A Brief Report), by Raimundo Serrao
Booklet published by the Agencia Geral Das Colonias (The Portuguese Ministry of Colonies) in 1945, 42 pages. Booklet - c.16cm by 22cm
This booklet was published in 1945, and provides a short account of the harbour at Lobito (on the west coast of Africa in what is now Angola). There is information on the port itself and its operations, as well as 12 photographs spread over 11 pages.
From the first page: The harbour of Lobito, and the town of the same name, are situated in the Province of Benguela of the Portuguese Colony of Angola, in West Africa. The quays of Lobito Port, are located in Lobito Bay, at the end of the pocket which constitutes that bay, and measure approximately 860 m. in length, in two straight alignements, one of approximately 570 m., and the other of 290 m. The quays provide accomodation for ships, of five to ten thousand tons each. The amplitude of the tide is approximately 1.90 m.
The geographical coordinates of the Harbour are: (2.800 m. S. E. of the Sandspit Light-house) The area of the enclosed water area, between 15 and 36 m. deep exceeds 300,000 sq. m. This bay constitutes a pocket, approximately 5 km. long, with widths from 600 m. (at the entrance) to 1,400 m. in the widest part. The depths of the bay are as great as 36 m., allowing an easy and tranquil navigation of ships to the quays where ships drafting 33 feet can lie alongside.
The condition of the booklet is generally ok. The cover has several scuffs and blemishes, as well as areas of yellowing and discolouration. The spine is intact, although it has split between pages 16 and 17. Inside, all pages are intact, unblemished and bound.