TOURANE (?À N?NG) 1952 – Hai m? con qua sông b?ng thuy?n thúng làm b?ng tre
TOURANE (?À N?NG) 1952 – Hai m? con qua sông b?ng thuy?n thúng làm b?ng tre by manhhai
Kodachrome by J. Baylor Roberts. From “Indochina Faces the Dragon,” National Geographic, September, 1952.
Mother and Son Cross the River in Bamboo Basket
Tourane, home of these fishing boats, is the chief port of central Viet Nam.
Deep-draft freighters stand out in the harbor and lighter cargoes ashore. Nowadays many of them land war materiel [sic for near-by Hue; Tourane transfers it to freight cars. About once a week Red guerrillas blow up the tracks and derail a train, but the service carries on.
The French, having bought a spit of land in Tourane, plan an enlarged naval base with deep-water docks, underground fuel tanks, and ship-repair facilities. They recently completed a bridge from Tourane to the distant wooded shore.
Twin-masted fishing junks moored in the river are all vegetable. Hulls and even anchors are made of wood, fittings of bamboo, sails woven of rattan, and ropes of coconut fiber. When the wooden fleet goes out to sea, its rakish sails create a lovely sight.
For dinghies, fishermen and their families use gum-calked baskets not unlike the clumsy circular gufas paddled int eh Tigris 4,000 miles away. Though lacking bow and stern, they somehow make good headway without spinning.