Saturday, 24 January 2009
Saigon port. Vietnam. Early 1970s
Photos courtesy of John Hansen
The port of Saigon was overcrowded. Dozens of ships used to wait weeks off Vung Tau before being able to go upriver to discharge their cargo in Saigon.
I had to wait six months for my Mazda car to be delivered from Japan.
When my refrigerator arrived I had to go into Saigon myself as it was impossible to have it delivered to Vung Tau.
We used to see the ships off shore there with our merchandise in themwhilst we waited impatiently.
The hospital ship was German. Part of their contribution to the sick and suffering. The Vietnamese had a great fear of hospitals though and a doctor told me by the time they got to the ship it was usually too late to help them.