Saturday, 23 January 2010

Rhodesian Photos: Pungwe Pontoon

Trevor Walton Writes:-

Our 1937 Ford V8 and the Bowman family's 1948 Ford 3/4 ton crossing the Pungwe on a pontoon (1949) on our way back from Beira to Umtali

Thanks to Trevor Walton for sharing his photo and memories with ORAFs


At 27 January 2010 at 07:46 , Blogger Rhodesia Remembered said...

June Donaghy Writes:-

This reminds me of the 1950's when we travelled in our old Ford Prefect on the old strip roads in Rhodesia when we were kids!!! We went from Bulawayo, up to Zimbabwe Ruins at Fort Victoria and then up to Umtali, with the car breaking down, lights failing and Thank God, we had a full moon to see the road by!!! My Dad was a mechanic and used to fix the car on the side of the road. Also the pontoon (ferry!) across the Zambezi near Chobe, when we went from Livingstone into Botswana (then Bechuanaland)

At 27 February 2010 at 06:35 , Blogger Eleanor said...

I remember the pontoon! we used to go to Beira in the 1948? Buick with a straight 8 engine, many kids!

At 19 November 2010 at 17:21 , Blogger givinout said...

Yes, we had a straight 8 Buick 1950 too and our mothers took us to Beira leaving fathers to farm. On pulling up the bank off the Pungwe pontoon the lower gears went missing and us 5 kids all had to pile out and push. We had to push for the rest of the holiday unless mother had parked facing downhill in Beira and push again when we had to reverse. We loved it as the Portuguese got to know us kids and bought us milkshakes - too expensive then for the baccy farmers of those days.


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