Nice pics off Madagascar! How far off shore will these typically go? I assume they are fishing
boats. I understand the waters around Madagascar
can get pretty nasty!
Can I add these Patagonian cargo boats to the mix?
I snapped these pics from Hal Roth's Two Against the Horn. To quote,
" The little ships were all single
masted cargo carriers from twenty eight to forty five feet in length that were sailed in protected waters in sight of land. The black-tarred hulls had a beam of 50% of overall length, sharply flaring topsides, long keels and almost flat bottoms which enabled them to be easily run aground and lie at shallow angles when the tide was out... The wooden hulls were carvel planked with "cipres" which was copper fastened. Roundbeach stones made up the ballast. The anchor
ropes were braided from a tough local vine called pet a; the parrell hoops around the mast
to hold the hand sewn canvas sails
were formed of circlets of a native vine called quilineja. The work boats had no engines... cooking
took place on deck
over a large three legged black iron pan in which a wood fire was kindled.