A Tentative Definition of Arab Sea Craft

By James Hornell, published February 1942


Hornell attempts to create order and a basis for future classification of this previously chaotic and confusing genre of craft. His two primary Classes are the Square Sterned Vessels comprising the Baghla,Ganja,Samuk,Saiyeh,Jehazi, Mashwa or Machwa, and Jalbuti, and the Double –ended Vessels comprising the Bum, Zaruk, Budani,Hori,and Ballam. Photographs of both classes are present. A further category is Local Types Inadequately Defined, primarily the Tranki, Batel, and Zaima. Finally the European influence on Arab ship design and construction is also considered. In most types above their history, locality, function, construction, sail layouts, hull maintenance, protection and decoration, crew origins, ship and sail handling, are explained in detail and some boat plans diagrammed. The article appears a sound source of the subject matter prior to World War Two.

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Filed under: Interwar | High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Indian Ocean | Other (location)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

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