This article in the December 2018 issue of Sea Breezes brought back memories.
I was 3rd Mate on MV Deido. We came from The Clyde and Mersey and completed our discharge in Lobito and Luanda. Our main cargo for Lobito was Euclid bulldozers etc loaded at Govan, I assume for the copper mines of Zambia or Katanga and we also loaded a lot of copper wire bars. This was June 1966.
From Angola we went up the River Congo to Matadi, a lovely river trip. In Matadi, a young man offered to sell me two large nuggets of ‘river gold’ at a very good price. I inspected them and said I can tell they are river gold, they were rusty on the bottom! We left Matadi at 5-6 in morning of the 11th and arrived in Boma at about 0900. I managed to get ashore and saw Stanley’s baobab tree.
Interestingly enough, years later, when piloting in Tanzania, I went to the old slaving port of Mikindani where Livingstone supposedly started his last journey into Africa. Going back to the Deido, we left Boma at about 1300 and arrived in Pointe Noire at about 2200. Three ports in one day.