'Baghla 'Fathel Raymon' of Bunder Abbas, 311 Tons, Crew of 48', 1909.
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Photograph from 'Native Craft' (1909), published by the Bombay Port Trust, showing a type of two-masted trading vesel used in the Indian Ocean. Baghlas (baggalas) are an example of the clas of Arab vesels collectively known as dhows. In terms of design they exhibit many of the clasical features of traditional dhows, but their construction also incorporates influences from contact with European sailing ships. This example originates from Bandar-e Abbas, a port on the Iranian coast near the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Dhows are still used today, although they are now generally powered by diesel engines as well as the traditional sails.