Whatever Happened To The Bantu Wind?The Bantu Wind, the weather beaten cargo ship Indy, Marion, and the Ark of the Covenant hitch a ride on in Raiders Of The Lost Ark, was originally a coal carrying vessel built in 1955. Throughout its chequered, unglamourous life it sailed as The Steyning, then Ballywalter in 1971, and Sallywalter in 1979. It was sourced by production designer Norman Reynolds in Belfast, by now renamed Abeer Delta, and sailing under an Egyptian flag. It was sailed to Newhaven to be redressed for the film.
It’s not the years, it’s the nautical mileage….
Tim Pelan @johnneyred