Pictures of the month

Endeavour, a “Little Ship” restored and preserved at the Endeavour Trust, Leigh on Sea.

Indonesian perahu craft

The Republic of Indonesia has over 17,000 equatorial islands. From prehistoric times timber ships have enabled communications, transport, fishing and livelihoods. The tradition of boat building was developed and continued in South Sulawesi by the Makassarese and Bugis people. Padewakang and perahu craft with lateen sails were built in South Sulawesi and sailed throughout the Indonesian islands and to Australia, Philippines, Malay peninsular, New Guinea from 16th to early 20th century.

The UNESCO Unique Cultural Heritage Committee voted to include the ‘art of boat building in South Sulawesi’ as part of the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage,

Perahu craft from Indonesia