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!
This remarkable set of photographs from a boatyard on the Vietnamese island of Kim Bong were taken by Pete Williamson recently while on holiday in the area. They are published with his permission.
Here’s what he says:
‘The islands of Kim Bong and Thanh Ha on the Thu Bon river near Hoi An are I believe subsidised to preserve the crafts and way of life of the people, and are a major tourist attraction.
‘The wooden boat would apparently take three months to build, and sell for $1000 US!
‘The ”coracles” are in some ways similar to Welsh coracles, but lack the plank seat, have a woven skin and are propelled by rocking rather than paddled. They are apparently raced but are also used to remove the fish caught in the large nets seen in the river.
Thanks Pete! Some great shots of boatbuilding in Vietnam here – the net is particularly beautiful, and the boats themselves are extraordinary – I’ve never seen trunnels used this way before, except as a way of demonstrating that it’s possible.
In fact I’ve recently been given a number of photos from Vietnam, and will post some more of them shortly.
I promised a few more of my brother Matt’s photos from Hanoi, and here they are. You can see the earlier post here.
There’s an interesting thread on Vietnamese boats at the Woodenboat Forum and an English language website devoted to the boats of Vietnam here.
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