A Lone Dhow

10 05 2010

Throughout the waters of the Middle East, fishing boats called Dhows ply the waters. It’s not uncommon to see hundreds at a time on the waters of the Persian Gulf. Dirty, vermin infested, full of rotting food and fish, they are lousy boats to visit. However, the Navy’s Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) Teams, regular Sailors who have had some pretty intense training, visit up to 20 or so a day, sometimes to search for contraband, sometimes just to say hello and let these fishermen know we are available if they need help.

After seeing hundreds of Dhows day after day after day, one afternoon I saw only this solitary Dhow. The scene was utterly still, hot, and dusty with the sun searing directly overhead and I hope I conveyed that in the photo.

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