Canoes give life to a fading Port Bell

Thursday-Friday-Saturday were late nights for me.

On Thursday, I was shooting Jamal being unplugged at Club Silk, then Friday, Aziz Azion was launching Nafunye Wampisa at Kati Kati and finally Saturday where I was covering the NRM delegates conference from morning till late in the evening.

I’ve covered many of these party conferences but they just never tickle me. It’s work,right?

Port Bell

Local tourists check out Port Bell

Camera Model: NIKON D300S

Date Taken: 2010:06:27 18:23:09

Exposure Time: 1/319 sec.

ISO Speed Rating: 800

Flash Fired: Flash did not fire.

Metering Mode: Spot

Exposure Program: Normal program

Focal Length: 18.0 mm

That meant going into Sunday very fatigued needing tanks and tanks of sleep. It’d been weeks of thought but with the constantly crowded schedules, the Port Bell visit was always postponed.

Until I woke up Sunday at 1300hours, it was still the same story. I pulled myself up,no breakfast, no lunch and I got onto a taxi en-route, Port Bell, in Luzira, a few kilometers away from Kampala city centre to hunt for pictures. It’s a 45 minute drive*

A fisherman heads for the shores

A fisherman heads for the Port Bell shores

Camera Model: NIKON D300S

Date Taken: 2010:06:27 18:17:53

Exposure Time: 1/319 sec.

ISO Speed Rating: 800

Flash Fired: Flash did not fire.

Metering Mode: Spot

Exposure Program: Normal program

Focal Length: 70.0 mm

Port Bell, used to be an industrial centre with a harbour formerly used for international traffic across Lake Victoria. Opened in 1908, the port derives its name from then British governor of Uganda Sir Hesketh Bell.

Years, perhaps decades after, Port Bell continues to sink into history. The docking site contains once classy boats, ferry’s and already rusted docking guides.

The stores have turned brown and there’s hardly any life except military Policemen patrolling the area. They didn’t allow me to enter with all my gadgets.

Port Bell

Enjoying a boat ride to Miami Beach

Camera Model: NIKON D300S

Date Taken: 2010:06:27 18:21:50

Exposure Time: 1/999 sec.

ISO Speed Rating: 800

Flash Fired: Flash did not fire.

Metering Mode: Spot

Exposure Program: Normal program

Focal Length: 18.0 mm

Canoes continue to pump life into the shores of Port Bell. Wooden boats, ferry passengers to and from the different islands. Others, probably most, are small scale fishermen while about three canoes carry small-money tourists from the shores of Port Bell to Miami beach and back at a fee of Ushs. 2000 (about a dollar).

I was among them. From, Port Bell to Miami, about 7 minutes away, eight of us sat in this huge wooden boat with a capacity of 20 passengers. It’d seats on either side and an aging roof. The ride was smooth though.

Miami Beach, Port Bell

Miami Beach, Port Bell

Camera Model: NIKON D300S

Date Taken: 2010:06:27 18:07:51

Exposure Time: 1/319 sec.

ISO Speed Rating: 800

Flash Fired: Flash did not fire.

Metering Mode: Spot

Exposure Program: Normal program

Focal Length: 70.0 mm

Miami is full of life. Its thread-like beach runs along the shores with hardly any sand to massage your feet. Loud music, fish roasting stalls, bar, restaurant has ensured presence of a respectable audience.

The Sun sets on Port Bell

The Sun sets on Port Bell

Camera Model: NIKON D300S

Date Taken: 2010:06:27 18:06:30

Exposure Time: 1/1599 sec.

ISO Speed Rating: 800

Flash Fired: Flash did not fire.

Metering Mode: Spot

Exposure Program: Normal program

Focal Length: 170.0 mm

It was turning dark when I returned to Port Bell from where I bought and ate a skinny tilapia fish at Ushs.1000 as I watched

the last minutes of the German demolition of England 4-1.

For the English fans, their record remained intact; 2 World Wars and 1 World Cup; there was no equalizer unfortunately.

*with traffic jam of course but could be 20-25 without jam


Camera Model: NIKON D300S
Date Taken: 2010:06:27 18:21:50
Exposure Time: 1/999 sec.
ISO Speed Rating: 800
Flash Fired: Flash did not fire.
Metering Mode: Spot
Exposure Program: Normal program
Focal Length: 18.0 mm

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