Antique Cargo Lantern
Before there was electricity, sailors used brass cargo oil lanterns to check their cargo that they were hauling. On the old tall ships or clippers, even early steamers, they would attach the cargo lanterns to ropes which were attached to the sides of the cargo holds. This would allow them to run the cargo lanterns up and down the ropes. The sailors would then hoist these oil lanterns up and down the vessel’s hold to check on the state of their cargo at sea.
These antique oil lamps were built specifically for the inner space of the ship. The nautical lamps burned standard lamp oil to create a light bright enough to be able to navigate the holds of the ship. Sometimes referred to as hurricane lanterns, they had to be strong enough to withstand the violent conditions out at sea, while providing the most amount of light created from its flame. Like all the old ships anchor lanterns, port and starboard lanterns, cargo lanterns were made of solid brass. Our ships lamp reproductions are made in solid heavy brass and look, feel and work like their mates of old. This Antique finish Cargo Lamp stands 10″ tall without the handle and is 4″-7″ wide. The oil burning tank or electric socket is serviced by unhinging the front of the lantern and flipping it backwards. Popular for its ease of use and classic looks, they can be used anywhere in or out of your home, office, bar, even your boat! Bring back that historic nautical age today with one of our many nautical lanterns.
Comes with a wick installed, burns standard Lamp Oil or Kerosene.