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Unique and Historic Traditional Boats From Around The World Ii

Here are more unique and historic traditional boats from the different parts of the world.

  Dhow: Arabian Peninsula, South Asia and East Africa

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The uniquely-designed Dhow is a traditional Arab sailing vessel with one or more lateen sails. These boats can usually be seen along the coastal areas of Arabian Peninsula, East Africa, India and Pakistan.

 Reed Boat: Titicaca Lake

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This uniquely-designed and and peculiar-looking watercraft is a sturdy reed boat of the Uros Islands. It can hold more than 20 people.

Bangka: Philippines

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Outrigger canoes are very popular in coastal areas of the Philippines. As an archipelago, these vessels are the most practical means of communication and transportation in the country. Outrigger canoe is known in the Philippines as Bangka. It is a type of canoe featuring one or more lateral support floats known as outriggers, which are fastened to one or both sides of the main hull. When we went to the Hundred Islands in the province of Pangasinan, I was able to experienced riding this type of a boat.

Waka: New Zealand

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Waka is a unique and beautifully designed Maori watercraft. It sizes range from small to large and can be as long as 40 meters long used for fishing and for transportation. Large decorated war Wakas can be as long as 40 meters. Large double-hulled canoes were also constructed in recent years for oceanic voyaging to other parts of the Pacific.

Nordland Boat: Norway

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The Nordland Boat is a type of fishing boat popular in Norway. This fishing boat has been used for centuries and its name was derived from Nordland County where it has a long history.

Sampan: China/East Asia

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A Sampan is a Chinese traditional wooden boat with length ranging from 3.5 to 4.5 meters in length. This flat bottom boat can also be used as a permanent habitation on inland waters. Sampans are basically used for fishing and for transportation in coastal areas or rivers.

Canoe: North America

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Canoes are unique traditional boats invented by American Indians. This small and narrow boat are usually pointed at both bow and stern and are normally open on top. Paddling can be contrasted with rowing, where the rowers usually face away from the direction of travel and use mounted oars. The paddle used can be single-bladed or double-bladed.

Catamaran: Polynesia

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Catamarans have been in used for hundreds of years in Oceania by Polynesian people. Through the aid of these traditional boats, they were able to settle the most remote islands of the world. Modern Catamarans are design for both leisure and sport sailing.

Dugout: America and Europe

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A Dugout is one of the earliest types of boat which is basically a hollowed tree trunk. This traditional boat is the oldest type of boat archaeologists have found and have been in used since Stone Age. This boat is also known as Logboat and Monoxylon.

Currach: Ireland/Scotland

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A Currach, also spelled Curach, is a traditional Irish boat with a wooden frame, over which animal skin were once stretched. Modern Currach nowadays is made of canvas. A larger version of Currach is known as a Bad Iomartha.

Bull Boat: North America

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A Bull Boat is an unusual small boat created by American Indians. The boat is made by covering a skeletal wooden frame with a hide of buffalo. This tub-like boat with framework of willow poles was used extensively by fur traders in the 1880s.

Coracle: Europe and Asia

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A Coracle is a small, lightweight boat used mainly in Wales and in other parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland. This unique boat also finds it way in India, Tibet and Vietnam.

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  1. Joie Schmidt

    On July 16, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    So cool! I always love your work Nobert!



    -Joie Schmidt.

  2. Eunice Tan

    On July 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    All pictures above are beautiful.

  3. Christine Ramsay

    On July 17, 2010 at 3:30 am

    A really interesting array of boats and a very well presented article.


  4. Mr Ghaz

    On July 17, 2010 at 5:56 am

    wonderful!! Both, the boats and this article as well. really fascinating indeed 9)

  5. papaleng

    On July 20, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Another good share with quality photos.

  6. AJ Garcia

    On July 21, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Very artistically designed! Beautiful!

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