The Dory

A dory is a small, shallow-draft boat, about 16 to 23 feet (5 to 7 meters) long. It is usually a lightweight boat with high sides, a flat bottom and sharp bows. They are easy to build because of their simple lines. For centuries, dories have been used as traditional fishing boats, both in coastal waters and in the open sea. Strictly speaking, the only … Continue reading The Dory

Jukong Boat of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The jukong is a type of sailing boat found in the Australian Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands where it is the preferred mode of transport across the atoll. It is more akin to the European whaleboat than to the similarly named jukung from Indonesia. The latter is also known as a cadik and is a traditional outrigger canoe used for fishing. The double outrigger … Continue reading Jukong Boat of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

On January 14, 1972, Queen Margrethe II ascended the throne, the first Queen of Denmark since 1412 and the first Danish monarch not named Frederick or Christian since 1513. Margrethe II (Margrethe 2. in Danish, Margreta 2. in Faroese and Margrethe II in Greenlandic; her full name is Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid) is the Queen of Denmark as well as the supreme authority of the … Continue reading Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

Water Transport in Thailand

Thailand has a huge variety of watercraft with boats of all sizes, shapes and colors navigating the Kingdom’s many internal waterways, coastlines, and surrounding seas. As of 2011, there were 2,485 miles (3,999 km) of principal waterways, of which 2300 miles (3,701 km) had navigable depths of 0.9 m or more throughout the year. There are numerous minor waterways navigable by shallow-draft native craft, such … Continue reading Water Transport in Thailand

Bemuda Sloop “Lucie”

It’s Sunday morning and the third day of the Songkran holiday here in Thailand. I’ve been out enjoying the festivities each day but spending my limited time at home working on blog articles; yesterday’s was a nearly 7,000-word article on the Lincoln assassination that I finally finished around 10:00 last night. For today, I planned a quick “ASAD is on holiday” and had the perfect … Continue reading Bemuda Sloop “Lucie”

Outrigger Canoes of Fiji

The best thing about “random stamp days” is that I get to pick a stamp that normally wouldn’t be written about if I were to adhere to my usual policy of marking event anniversaries (apart from the occasional stamp-issuing entity profile). The issuer profiles have been few and far between since November as I haven’t added too many new places to my “Stamps from (Almost) … Continue reading Outrigger Canoes of Fiji