The continuation of traditional boatbuilding in Cam Pha, Sam Son and Cua Lo, Vietnam

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Title

The continuation of traditional boatbuilding in Cam Pha, Sam Son and Cua Lo, Vietnam

Description

This paper will describe recent and current construction activity on three separate building sites, one each in Cam Pha (near Halong City), Sam Son (near Thanh Hoa), and Cua Lo (near Vinh). The three sites produce boats generally in the Northern Vietnamese/Chinese tradition, but with significant differences in both design and construction details and techniques. The designs that will be discussed are all traditional style motor vessels, that is, vessels whose design and style were developed prior to the availability of powerful diesel engines but are now motorized. They include:

*The Halong Bay “Square Head” boat, a mid-sized utility and fishing vessel that is the dominant wooden boat in Halong Bay in the size range from 18' to about 35'.

*The Sam Son large traditional fishing vessel, A 60' class seagoing shallow draft vessel derived directly from a 3-masted lug rigged sailing vessel with a long history in the Northern Coastal waters.

*The Cua Lo mid-sized utility fishing boat (works in a number of fisheries), which is the only significant design in use from the small fishing port on the south bank of the river at Cua Lo

Creator

Ken Preston, in Van Tilburg, H., Tripati, S., Walker Vadillo, V., Fahy, B., and Kimura, J. (eds.)

Date

5/15/2014

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Citation

Ken Preston, in Van Tilburg, H., Tripati, S., Walker Vadillo, V., Fahy, B., and Kimura, J. (eds.), “The continuation of traditional boatbuilding in Cam Pha, Sam Son and Cua Lo, Vietnam,” The MUA Collection, accessed February 8, 2023, http://www.themua.org/collections/items/show/1639.

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