ABC Wednesday #71: S

19 Nov

S is for sampan. Photo taken in the seaside town of Tecnaf, Bangladesh near the border of Myanmar (Burma).

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lumix tecnaf 021

from wiki:

A sampan (Chinese: 舢舨; pinyin: shānbǎn; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: sam-pán) is a relatively flat bottomed Chinese wooden boat from 3.5 to 4.5 m (11.5 to 14.8 ft) long. Some sampans include a small shelter on board, and may be used as a permanent habitation on inland waters. Sampans are generally used for transportation in coastal areas or rivers, and are often used as traditional fishing boats. It is unusual for a sampan to sail far from land as they do not have the means to survive rough weather.

The word “sampan” comes from the original Hokkien term for the boats, 三板 (sam pan), literally meaning “three planks”,[1] although this term is no longer used in modern Chinese. The name referred to the hull design, which consists of a flat bottom (made from one plank) joined to two sides (the other two planks). The design closely resembles Western hard chine boats like the scow or punt.

Sampans may be propelled by poles, oars (particularly a single, long sculling oar called a yuloh[2]) or may be fitted with outboard motors.

Sampans are still in use by rural residents of Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar) and Vietnam.



Posted by on November 19, 2013 in ABC WEDNESDAY


17 responses to “ABC Wednesday #71: S

  1. docgelo

    November 19, 2013 at 5:47 am

    beautiful sampans!

    the last time I saw one was inside marina bay sands in sinagpore sailing in the middle of the shopping area. your photos are definitely that of authentic ones. 🙂

  2. Marcy

    November 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Stunning! first time I see a sampan 8)

  3. photowannabe

    November 19, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Stunning photos and thanks for the information about sampans.

  4. Carver

    November 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Those boats are great looking. Super post for S. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

  5. lesliebc

    November 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    They’re huge! And very colourful

    abcw team

  6. Roger Green

    November 19, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Love the boats! And the language lesson.

  7. Along These Lines

    November 19, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Now that’s my kind of cruise ship

  8. ChrisJ

    November 20, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Sometimes in my dreams I think I’d like to live on board a boat like this — then I start to think about the practicalities of it! Lovely colorful photos.

  9. Sue St Clair

    November 20, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Amazing shots especially the first The water looks so wild and the boat so cool 🙂

  10. Indrani

    November 20, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Those are some beautiful sampans I have seen in a long time.

  11. a spirit of simplicity

    November 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    those are so beautiful. Great captures.

  12. obsessivemom

    November 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Love those colours.. The yellow and the reds. I’d never heard of Sampans, so thanks for the post.

  13. Hazel Anastasia

    November 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I’ve never seen a sampan before! Thanks.


  14. magiceye

    November 21, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Loved the 1st pic!

  15. Gattina

    November 21, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Very interesting post and beautiful pictures !

  16. ladyfi

    November 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Oh, what gorgeous boats!

  17. Leticia

    November 22, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Hi, very interesting post! The first picture is so good, and love the color of the second one.


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