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Vietnamese fishing boats photographed by Matt Atkin

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My brother Matt Atkin has sent over another collection of his remarkable photos from the Far East, this time depicting traditionally built wooden craft and fishing folk on the coast of Vietnam, close to the ancient city of Hoi An, which is itself not far from Da Nang.

Matt points out that the eyes on some of the craft are a traditional feature, and that their job is to help a boat ‘see’ fish.

As usual, click on the images for a much larger shot – and as always, these photos remain the photographer’s copyright. Thanks Matt!

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Brian Pearson’s photos of the latest Boat Building Academy student launch

  

  

  

 

Brian Pearson has sent over some of his photos of the Boat Building Academy’s student launch day on 7th December. Thanks Brian!

He seems to have had a good time: ‘It was a very joyful occasion, so thanks for the heads-up.’ He added that his party voted the Gartside-designed Skylark their boat of the day, though njo doubt others will have their own favourites.

Fishing boats of Goa, photographed by Ranjan Mitra

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Ranjan Mitra took these photos of fishing boats on the coast of Goa, a small and relatively affluent Indian state with an Arabian Sea coastline.

Ranjan is a colleague of my brother Matt Atkin and seems to have been inspired by Matt’s habit on business trips of slipping down to the nearest beach or harbour to take shots for intheboatshed.net.  Thanks Ranjan! (Matt’s photos can be found by following this link.)

The motorised fishing boats take the classic form of a high bow for dealing with rough water and low sides aft to allow the fishermen access to work with nets and gear, while the outrigger dugouts seem to be a fascinating link to prehistoric times.

Goa bears many signs of its domination by Portugal from the 16th century, including a city named after the Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama.  The state was annexed by India in 1961.

There are a couple of interesting articles online including this paper, which describes the local craft, and another describing a visitor’s experiences in the mid-1990s, including ancient types such as dugouts and sewn plank boats caulked with tar.