"I left in a French steamer, and she called in every blamed port they have out there"

Conrad travelled from Bordeaux in 1890 upon the steamship Ville de Maceio, which made its first stop at Tenerife. It subsequently called at Dakar, Conakry, Freetown, Grand Bassam on the Ivory Coast, Grand Popo in Dahomey, Libreville and, finally, Banana, before moving up Banana Creek to Boma.