boat model

Arab merchant vessel, dhow, bagala, or baghla, with three lines of painted port holes at each side. It is built on a frame with a keel, planked, secured with wooden dowels, and has a transom stern and raised curved stem piece. There are the remains of rigging and evidence of mast steps. The ship has steering equipment on a quarter deck, an anchor at the bow and is decked with planks secured with dowels. The transom stern and sides of the hull are elaborately decorated with carvings and painted.

A dhow, or dow, is a generic term for a number of vessels supporting one or more lateen rigged sails. They are typically used in the Indian Ocean region for trading.

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