Recently by Danielle Shapiro:

When I saw the ship docked in Kigoma on the western-most edge of Tanzania along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, I wasn’t that impressed. With cracking paint, weathered timber planks, and a thoroughly scratched hull, it looked more dingy than distinguished.

   

But riding the M.V. Liemba through Lake Tanganyika’s cool, crystalline waters, the longest lake in the world, changed my perspective in a way that only looking at this vessel surely could not have. Over the course of a 32-hour journey, I was able to see beyond the boat’s built-up grime and soot, and to appreciate how its years of service —100 since the Germans built it as a warship in 1913 — have made it a beacon in this isolated part of the world. After all, the Liemba is more than a ship really. It is a… More…