'Square Stern of a Baghla', 1909.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

'Square Stern of a Baghla', 1909.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Photograph from 'Native Craft' (1909), published by the Bombay Port Trust, showing the stern of 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, notably this square stern. Dhows are still used today, although they are now generally powered by diesel engines as well as the traditional sails.

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