Edye’s Account of Indian and Ceylon Vessels in 1833

By James Hornell , published February 1926


John Edye’s 1833 article details various types of coasting vessels used on the coasts of Coromandel, Malabar and Ceylon. Fifteen vessels were described; the first nine accompanied by sketches, the remainder by builders’ plans. The author, the late Director of Fisheries, Madras, reviews acerbically the information and concludes that Edye’s paper is of very unequal merit. He comments, using the original sketches and plans, on the Catamarans, Point-de-Galle and Malabar Coast canoes, Jangars, the Manches of Paman Mangalore, Caliut , Cochin Bandar, Madras Masula, Panyani and Boatila, as well as Patamars, Dhows, Baggala or Budgerow, and Doni.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Whaling & Fishing

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