Port Said …Finally we come to a standstill, and directly a big plateau floats toward us mysteriously dark. The floats are three barges loaded with black coal. On top of the coal, we saw a group in rags, about fifty men, Arabs I think, with skirts. Everything was very dark and black, with people singing and shouting… later they put shelves aboard to load the black coal in woven baskets in a long row. … (p.42).