Photo: General view from forward.  Note in particular the unusual fin under her chin.  Pietri remarks on it in his text, though it doesn't show in his illustration of the boat under sail.  Such a fin, placed thus, would provide excellent lateral resistance for sailing upwind.  So, notwithstanding her dependence on the monsoons changes to make long passages, with her lug sails and this fin and her deep rudder, she could have worked to weather very well at need.
Photo: Viewed from above, the model shows the "typical" woven and sealed bamboo panels that cover the hold.  This is the same material (equally waterproofed) that is used today for the hulls of basketry boats.  The smallboat with its long single sculling oar gives a possible means to scale the model.  A large 4-bar capstan amidships would have certainly served the anchors, but might also have been used to hoist the main and foresails.
Photo: Details of the interesting stern.  The rudder, reaching so far under the boat, would have had significant effect as lateral resistance under sail.  The oars are huge in relation to the vessel (and the people who would have used them) and were probably used for sculling (with their T handles) rather than "rowing" western style.
Photo: Details of the bow, showing the "nga" or ornamental anchor line fairlead and the pair of wooden anchors just behind it.  The hardwoods in Viet Nam include some that are denser than water and thus sink, though using stones attached to the anchor and the anchor line was common even when the wood would sink of its own.  The pattern of the eyes is the same as still used on traditional boats from Hoi An.
Photo: A general view from astern, showing the mizzen mast stepped outboard of the starboard rail and the main amidships, the small boat on deck, the cut of the sails  (ballanced or standing lugs) and the monstrous oars.
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Ken Preston
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General view from forward. Note in particular the unusual fin under her chin. Pietri remarks on it in his text, though it doesn't show in his illustration of the boat under sail. Such a fin, placed thus, would provide excellent lateral resistance for sailing upwind. So, notwithstanding her dependence on the monsoons changes to make long passages, with her lug sails and this fin and her deep rudder, she could have worked to weather very well at need.
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