2004, English, Photograph edition: Musahah [massulah] boat for conveying passengers to steamers John P Nicholas and Co

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  • 1 image file, 155 KB, 72 dpi, 24 bit, 800 x 621 Pixels, JPEG, Quality 10. Captured on: Camera Body - Mamiya RB, Camera Back - Leaf Valeo 11 Digital. With: Lighting - 1000w Bowens Flash Heads, Lens - Mamiya 50mm f/​4.5 Wide Angle Lens, ISO - 25, Aperture - F/​16, Shutter-Speed - 1/​125, 159391 bytes, image/​jpeg
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  • Royal Commonwealth Society Library. Cambridge University Library. University of Cambridge.
  • 2004-11-05T16:16:45Z
  • 2004-07-07
Language
  • English

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Title
  • Musahah [massulah] boat for conveying passengers to steamers
Creator
  • John P Nicholas and Co
Other Creators
  • Elsy, R, fl 1880-1889
Published
  • Royal Commonwealth Society Library. Cambridge University Library. University of Cambridge.
  • 2004-11-05T16:16:45Z
  • 2004-07-07
Physical Description
  • 1 image file, 155 KB, 72 dpi, 24 bit, 800 x 621 Pixels, JPEG, Quality 10. Captured on: Camera Body - Mamiya RB, Camera Back - Leaf Valeo 11 Digital. With: Lighting - 1000w Bowens Flash Heads, Lens - Mamiya 50mm f/​4.5 Wide Angle Lens, ISO - 25, Aperture - F/​16, Shutter-Speed - 1/​125, 159391 bytes, image/​jpeg
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  • 284 x 218 mm. View of a massulah boat beached beside the harbour at Madras (i.e. Tamil Nadu), with the crew seated in position with their oars. The boat flies the blue ensign and has the words 'Port Boat' painted on its side. Until harbour improvements mitigated somewhat the inconvenience of landing at Madras's open roadstead, these boats were the principle vehicle for negotiating the ferocious surf and depositing travellers on the beach. The type of boat and method of conveyance had changed little since William Hickey's first arrival in Madras in 1769: 'The boats are formed of broad planks, literally sewed together with the twisted fibres of a bark from the coconut tree, the bottom flat, the sides straight up to a certain height, and then inclining towards the upper edge; both ends are alike except that at the stern there is a small platform upon which the person that steers stands... They are about sixteen feet long, seven wide, and five deep, quite open, with a single board across for a seat at regular distances; are rowed by eight or ten, two sitting upon each bench, the passengers on the one nearest the stern... Notwithstanding the dubash and the rowers assured us the surf was very moderate that morning, I thought it the most terrific thing I had ever beheld...' (source unknown).
  • RCS Photograph Collection, Y3022L.
  • RCSPC-Y3022L-085
Source
  • RCS Y3022L/​85
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Language
  • English
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