19126.96.36.199.2 (Album Print black & white)
H. Staunton ?
1940 - 1941
Tsangpo Valley Region > Chaksam
116 x 89 mm
Print gelatin silver
Other Information - Location: The river had to be low for the Chaksam ferry to function and when in use, the Kamba La pass had to traversed. F Spencer Chapman writes about the ferry in Lhasa: The Holy City, 1938, London: Chatto and Windus, "There were two ferry boats ... Crude rectangular wooden boxes about twenty feet by eight. ... The boats are propelled with crude wooden paddles; but the men do not have to row very much. ... It was a rather hazardous business, and most of the time water was being shipped, as the sides of the boat are cut away in the middle so that the animals can get on and off more easily. ... The ferry has one huge steering oar used against an upright beam in the stern. A similar beam at the other end - one can hardly say bows - has a carved horse's head at the summit and a bamboo pole with prayer-flags attached." (p. 285) [KC 4/1/2006]
Other Information - Related Images: 19188.8.131.52.1
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Ferry raft on the Tsangpo river at Chaksam" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_19184.108.40.206.2.html>.
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