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‘Invisible pirate dhow’…revealed

Dhows are on my mind. Revealed, the ‘invisible pirate dhow’…  in part because I have to add several to the developing ‘B I Sunday’ painting. That in turn has prompted me to update two web site pages, “Dhow and Dolphins” and “Pearl Fishermen“.

Pirate Dhow (detail)
Pirate Dhow (detail)

Pirate Dhow
Pirate Dhow

These charming paintings need a new home, they were painted as a result of a series for His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said of Oman.

Dhow and Dolphins
Dhow and Dolphins

the Sanbeq type was developed in antiquity.
Sanbeq’s were probably sailing in the days of Jesus of Nazareth and certainly at the time of Mohammed.
Sanbeq’s were built by a very ancient method, examples of the method have been found in Egyptian tombs, tying closely fitted planks together with rope.

The Pearl Fishers
The Pearl Fishers

Whilst the boats were leaky and advantage was they flexed rather than broke when beached so popular for inshore work while their big sisters,m the Baglah types roved the open seas.

The Pearl Fishers (detail)
The Pearl Fishers (detail)

It was a painting of a Baglah dhow that was used under licence as the cover for the best selling “The Corsair”, available in both Arabic and English versions.

The Corsair
The Corsair