November 16th, 2009, 09:15 AM
Working on restoring a book which is in the public domain, and it occured to me that there might be some interest on this site in the photos, so I am going to post a few whenever I get time. I think there are five or six dozen and I will try to keep it interesting.
Five or six a posting, does that satisfy you all ??
November 16th, 2009, 01:31 PM
judging by their dress, the place those shots were taken is central Vietnam (or north of South Vietnam, maybe Hue) in the 1960s
November 17th, 2009, 03:34 AM
Yeah Chinatown, these will be mostly from the Central Provinces south of the old DMZ. Here are some more...if anyone recognizes anyone in these photos, let me know, OK ??
During the time between the early 60s and the late 60s several centuries of sailing culture disappeared on the Vietnamese coast. By 1970 virtually all the fishing and small coastwise vessels were powered by engines.
November 17th, 2009, 04:51 AM
This is no doubt Hue!!! This river is Huong River, with Truong Tien bridge far in the background :banana:
Btw How can one recognize those ppl if the color is so dark like that?
November 18th, 2009, 08:01 AM
As to how you might recognize any of these people, I have to work with these 50 year old photos and what you get is what you get. Someone might recognize a hull number or like you a location: all that helps. I wasn't there, I was just starting high school at the time.
Anyway, here are five more photos:
If you recognize the river or coast, let me know. I have a pretty good idea of where these were taken when the shore if visible, but it helps to have confirmation.
November 20th, 2009, 01:34 AM
Another group of boat photos from the central coast:
November 23rd, 2009, 07:46 AM
back in those days if you had a large boat like that, ur considered well off than most others....
October 26th, 2013, 09:25 AM
I found the original of this lithograph from 1830 and scanned it in fairly high resolution, then Photoshopped a copy to clean up the very small rust stains and places where the old ink had seeped away from the original lines. The image is somewhat stylized but there are many elements of the three boats shown which were still in use along the coast of southern Viet Nam in the 1960s and early 1970s...so I figure it is significant. No idea at this time where the small print came from but suspect it was from one of the French Navy explorations along the Southeast Asian coast. Persons shown out on the "hiking boards" on the upwind sides of the boats in 1830 are also shown in the two photos taken in 1962, not the same persons of course :lol::lol:. The palm-leaf or three fingered hand shaped thing on the bow of the closest boat under sail is a detail still found on boats along the central coast of Viet Nam. The lithograph:
Showing again a couple of images from the "Handbook of Junks of South Vietnam" 1962 edition. These show the "hiking boards" in use. These boards on the windward side of the boats allowed for crew to sit out on them and balance the force of the wind when under sail, so keeping the relatively narrow hulls from tipping over.
These next images come from J.B.Pietri's "les Voiliers d'Indochine", early 1940s, and show the fairlead-altar detail on some of the boats along the central Vietnamese coast, the palm-leaf appearing detail mentioned as being in the lithograph on the bow of the closest boat under sail:
A photograph of one of the small fairlead altars taken in the early 1930s, from the National Geographic Magazine:
And two photographs with permission from Ken Preston, a friend, of the same detail much simplified on contemporary boats:
As always, warm regards....Rob