Thursday, September 20, 2007

Shadow of a Dhow

Shadow of a Dhow
Originally uploaded by Heaven`s Gate (John)
A dhow is a traditional Arab sailing vessel with one or more lateen sails, says Wikipedia. It is primarily used along the coasts of the Arabian Peninsula, India, and East Africa. A larger dhow may have a crew of approximately thirty while smaller dhows have crews typically ranging around twelve.

Up to the 1960s, dhows made commercial journeys between the Persian Gulf and East Africa using only sails as a means of propulsion. The freight was mostly dates and fish to East Africa and mangrove timber to the lands in the Persian Gulf. They sailed south with the monsoon in winter or early spring and back again to Arabia in late spring or early summer.

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