Lamu dhow 'Faida', and tender, c 1930.
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actual image size: 27cm x 32cm

Lamu dhow 'Faida', and tender, c 1930.

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Rigged model. Many of the small dhows employed in the East African coasting trade were built at Lamu, some 200 miles north of Mombasa, Kenya. This is one such vesel. The design was influenced by local contacts with Europen ships, and its form is similar to an enlarged version of an 18th century ship's longboat. The method of construction was traditional however, with a carvel-built hull and typical Arab rigging with a forward raking mainmast, a long bowsprit and a lateen sail.

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