"the wood-cutters slept"

The Roi des Belges employed a crew of twenty-five Congolese wood-cutters tasked with replenishing the fuel for the steamer. Sometimes it was simply a case of gathering wood from previously supplied wood-posts, but often they were required to work through the night, felling and chopping trees. Once they had finished their work they would sleep on the riverbank while the Europeans slept on board.

 

Natives piling wood (c. 1921)
Public DomainWood-cutters piling wood (c. 1921) - Credit: Isaac F. Marcosson
Wood post on the Upper Congo (c. 1900)
Public DomainWood post on the Upper Congo (c. 1900) - Credit: George Grenfell