Email This Page to a FriendPreview: Dhow Boats in Tanzania, Dubai & Kenya
September 6, 2014
The term 'dhow' refers to a broad range of traditional wooden boats with lateen sails found in the Middle East and western Indian Ocean1.
Here's a look at three pretty different dhow boats.
The story and narration in this first video are a bit hard to follow, but it's fascinating to watch this boat 'maker' at work on these utilitarian work boats in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.
In particular, check out the hand drill around 1:00. I believe this could be referred to as a 'bow drill', am I right? What a simple, functional tool.
Dhows Across Time
Next, here's some nice footage of a more seaworthy-looking dhow sailing near Dubai.
Dubai Aerial Shots above a Dhow
That lateen rig is quite something... I wonder how it sails?
Finally, here's an interesting snapshot of a fishing village on Lake Victoria. The local fishermen build and maintain their own dhows, but growing pressures on the lake's biology are threatening the future of these communities.
Fair Winds/Uncertain Future: Fishing Dhows of Lake Victoria
Share what more you know about dhows and the traditional craft of this part of the world in the comments below!
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