Native Sailing Ships
The dhow is the generic name of several traditional sailing vessels with one or more masts with settee or sometimes lateen sails, used in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean region. Historians are divided as to whether the dhow was first built by Arabs or Indians. Typically sporting long thin hulls, dhows are trading vessels primarily used to carry heavy items, such as fruit, fresh water, or other heavy merchandise, along the coasts of Eastern Arabia, East Africa, Yemen and coastal South Asia. Larger dhows have crews of up to thirty, smaller ones around twelve. The print portrayed is of a Baghlah – from the Arabic language word for “mule”. A heavy ship, this is the traditional deep-sea dhow although it may be called a Ghanjah or kotiya – a large vessel, like the Baghlah, with a curved stem and a sloping, ornately carved transom. This vessel is set with two masts with settee sails (sails in quadrilateral rather than triangular shape). The exact origins of the dhow are lost to history. Most scholars believe that it originated in India between 600 BC to 600 AD.
|Dimensions||43.9 × 35.5 cm|