Japanese Inshore Fishing Boats

By Basil Greenhill, published February 1959


Economic conditions and regulations to conserve fish stocks kept small, un-powered fishing boats operating in Japan into the late 1950s. During a two and a half year stay in Japan, the author interviewed local boatbuilders and examined the structural details of two types: the seine-net boats of Kenada-Wan and the sailing fishing boats of Kumamoto. The boats’ designs exhibit similar features: a hard chine, few transverse frames, plank edge fastening etc, which are variations of a basic design found in other types of Japanese fishing boat. The text is supported by sketches and a photograph of a Kumamoto boat.

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Twentieth Century | Pacific
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

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