Commercial Sail and Small Fishing Craft of Western South America

By Clinton R. Edwards, published November 1967


Along the coast of Western South America large scale replacement of native watercraft by European and North American types has been accomplished only in the last century. However four of the eight types of craft observed by the first Europeans to make contact with this coast are still in use today. This fascinating variety of craft covers the span from man’s earliest reed bundle float to modern vessels. Socio, economic and regional preferences to design determine the type of craft used. From the strongly built wooden coastal schooners of Columbia and Ecuador, constructed in small boatyards using only traditional hand skills, from locally sourced timber: the Bote de Pescador of Northern Peru, built on the desert coast from imported Oregon Pine and well adapted for shore launching and beaching: the Chilean Falucho built using a combination of local and imported wood and influenced by immigrant Mediterranean fishermen, to the river skiffs used amongst the many small islands for transporting farmer’s produce to market, all play a vital part in the economies of the regions.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Twentieth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft

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