Dhow and Dolphins

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Dolphins love to accompany ships often playing in the pressure wave created by water displaced by the moving hull.

This vessel, the Sanbeq type was developed in antiquity.
Sanbeq’s were probably sailing in the days of Jesus of Nazareth and certainly at the time of the Prophet Mohammed.
Sanbeq’s were built by tying planks together with rope, so bailing was a major preoccupation.

The flexible hull was not easily damaged by sitting on sand or mud but when used to attack Portuguese ships in the Arabian Sea were easily shot to pieces.
A more solid form of construction was adopted.
Motorized sanbeq’s are still used today including for piracy.

This painting is one of a series.
Most were sold to the government of Oman.
Very much a sailor’s painting, the dhow her natural environment, the open ocean, on a splendid day for sailing.


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By Gordon Frickers 485 x 610 mm (19″ x 24″), Oils, Price of the original £950


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