Colorful folk art boat models evoke an era of more leisurely travel, when passengers, mail, and freight were often conveyed between exotic, far-flung ports of call by tramp steamer and paquebot. Freighter travel was perfect for those seeking the privacy inherent in a short passenger list. For many shipping lines, filling up cabin space was as important as filling the cargo hold. Amenities ranged all the way up to first class staterooms, with luxurious common rooms and dining halls where elaborate cuisine was shared at table with the ship’s officers. This was the mode of travel favored by writers, and anyone who sought to escape from the busyness of life and savor the solitude afforded by life at sea. Conversation and a good book passed the time. Adventure and romance called from nearby shores.