Boats of South Asia

Boats of South Asia

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This book sets new standards for the documentation of water transport, and introduces styles of boat-building which are unlikely to be found outside the sub-Continent. A fascinating and accessible read for anyone interested in boats or the South Asian way of life, as well as ethnographers, maritime archaeologists and historians, Boats of South Asia covers recent, exhaustive fieldwork in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka; and covers a vast array of traditional boats used in the sub-Continent today for fishing and other coastal, riverine tasks.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 156 x 234mm | 616g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1138964832
  • 9781138964839
  • 1,858,522

About Sean McGrail

Sean McGrail is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton. Lucy Blue is a Lecturer in Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton. Eric Kentley was Curator of Ethnographic Craft, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Colin Palmer is a Naval Architect.
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'Informative and interesting' - South Asian Anthropologist 'This book is one to be read and absorbed.' - Nautical Archaeology
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Table of contents

Basil Greenhill Introduction1. Seán McGrail Aims and Methods2. Seán McGrail and Lucy Blue The Reverse-Clinker Boats of Bangladesh3. Seán McGrail, Lucy Blue and Eric Kentley The Reverse-Clinker Boats of Orissa and West Bengal4. Colin Palmer The Smooth-Skinned Traditional Inland Boats of Bangladesh5. Eric Kentley The Masula - A Sewn Plank Surf Boat of India's Eastern Coast6. Eric Kentley The Madel Paruwa of Sri Lanka - A Sewn Boat with Chine Strakes7. Seán McGrail, Lucy Blue, Eric Kentley and Colin Palmer The Vattai Fishing Boat and Related Frame-First Vessels of Tamil Nadu8. Seán McGrail, Lucy Blue and Colin Palmer Hide Boats of the River Kaveri, Tamil Nadu9. Colin Palmer A Hydrodynamic Evaluation of Four Types of Boat10. Seán McGrail, Lucy Blue, Eric Kentley and Colin Palmer The Way Ahead
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