Pictures of the month

William Fife Jr. OBE was the third generation of a Scottish family of boat designers and builders. Many of the yachts were built at Fairlie with superb craftsmanship. They were known as “fast and bonnie”. In the early 20th century several of William Fife’s yachts took part in the America’s Cup


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 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,

Padewakang craft from Sulawesi, Indonesia