Cairo - Feluccas on the River Nile
A postally unused carte postale published by Lehnert & Landrock of Cairo.
A felucca is a traditional wooden sailing boat used in the protected waters of the Red Sea and eastern Mediterranean, in Egypt and Sudan (particularly along the Nile), including Malta and Tunisia, and also in Iraq. Its rig consists of one or two lateen sails.
They are usually able to carry ten passengers, and the crew consists of up to three people.
Despite the availability of motorboats and ferries, feluccas are still in active use as a means of transport in Nile-adjacent cities like Aswan or Luxor. They are especially popular among tourists who can enjoy a quieter and calmer mood than motorboats have to offer.
A large fleet of lateen-rigged feluccas thronged San Francisco's docks before and after the construction of the state-owned Fisherman's Wharf in 1884.
Light, small, and manoeuvrable, the feluccas were the mainstay of the fishing fleet of San Francisco Bay.