On a rocket ship

Down at the Buriganga river in Dhaka, passenger ships leave for the delta. A few are special: century-old wooden paddle steamers. Only four are left. It’s called the Rocket because it was the fastest thing on the river.

First class is in the front, with a dining area and an observation deck at the bow. First class has a butler. Second class is in the back, and third class is a big open space in the middle where locals sleep on blankets on the floor.

The Rocket is a supremely civilized way too travel on the river, it feels like Hercule Poirot would walk in at any moment demanding to know who killed the countess.