The Sailing Boats of Western Sarawak

By Anthony Richards, published May 1967


The Malays who inhabit the western coast of Sarawak build a variety of small sailing craft for the purposes of trading, fishing and local transport. The methods of construction have been in use for a long time and rely on traditional methods of working local timbers selected for their suitability for different roles in the craft. The rig used for the smaller boats may have been copied from the boats of ships visiting the area in the nineteenth century. The use of modern materials, including Japanese diesel engines, is now gradually eroding the traditional methods.

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

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