Cargo vessel; Sambuk Dhow

Scale: circa 1:22. A model of a sambuk dhow made entirely of wood and partly painted in realistic colours, the remainder is varnished. The hull is light blue at the waterline with black boot-topping and keel. The remainder of the model is unpainted. The hull is made plank-on-frame in the carvel fashion with nails and the hull shape is that of a typical dhow. The stem-post is steeply raked, terminating in decorative rose carving. The pointed bow has a very short bowsprit rigged on the starboard side. There is a camber on the main deck and the raised poop. The transom and the gunwale on the poop are ornately carved. There are two davits at the stern. There are six thole pins on each of the port and starboard sides and a single davit just aft of them. The two masts are lateen rigged, the forward one being the larger of the two. The two sails are of the ‘settee’ type and are made from an off-white cotton material and both are depicted furled. There are two hatches with removable hatch covers and other equipment includes twelve 'suff' oars, one 'bawara' anchor (secured by chain), one 'sinn' anchor (secured by rope), a compass binnacle, a stove and kettle, cooking pot, lamp, a fishing trap, buoy, lead weight and bailer (made from a cartridge). The rudder is steeply raked and its tiller is rigged to a working steering wheel.

Vessels of this type were used extensively for pearling and fishing in the Persian Gulf. The square ended oars are 'suff' oars which were used for pearling rather than for fishing. The pearl divers or ‘ghasa’ would rest on ropes hung over the oars. Settee sails are lateen sails with the fore corner cut away to form a quadrilateral.

Object Details

ID: AAE0175
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model; Plank-on-frame; Rigged model; Sails furled
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Date made: Before 1954; Unknown
Exhibition: Traders: The East India Company and Asia
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 1480 x 1240 x 377 mm
Parts: Cargo vessel; Sambuk Dhow

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