Physical Potential and Economic Reality: the Underdevelopment of the Port of Freetown

  • J. McKay


The considerable physical advantages that Freetown possesses as a port site have long been recognised, as the accounts by numerous early seafarers bear witness:

This noble river is at least two leagues wide at its entrance, and has a safe and deep channel for ships of any burthen, and affords excellent anchorage at all seasons. It continues the same breadth for six or seven milesOn the north side of Sierra-Leone river the land is low and levelbut on the south side it rises into hills, which, forming one upon the other, tower into lofty mountains crowned with perpetual verdure. From the foot of these hills points of land project into the sea, which form excellent bays for shipping and craft, and convenient places for hauling the seine.1


Export Trade Port Facility Palm Product Port Development West African Coast 
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© J. McKay 1970

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. McKay
    • 1
  1. 1.Liverpool UniversityUK

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