The Dghajsa – in Memoriam

By Joseph Muscat, published November 1991


The Dghajsa is a traditional Maltese open harbour boat, mostly used to provide water taxi services to vessels at anchor and between harbour shores. Using textual and iconographic sources, and oral testimony, the author addresses origins, construction and decoration, interaction with the Royal Navy, civilian fares and racing. These colourful vessels operating particularly in the two principal harbours of Malta have survived for hundreds of years, but did not take their final form until the British occupation of the islands.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Mediterranean | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

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