利根川下流域の和船 – Wasen of the Lower Tone River System

Mr. Yukio Nakayama, who’s 1/70-scale wasen model work has been displayed many times in the Tokyo area, including he Maritime Science Museum, just posted these photos of wasen of the lower Tone River system, the large waterway of the Kantō region (Tokyo vicinity). Most of these, perhaps all, but I don’t know for sure, are takasebune, or river transports used to ferry goods and sometimes people along inland waterways.

Takasebune are generally characterized by a flat or near flat bow with no cut-water, and they commonly are flat-sided, often having only one wide hull plank on each side, though larger boats normally have a rubbing strake fastened at the top edge of the hull.

I am always inspired by Nakayama-san’s work. I hope I can manage to build a larger takasebune model in the near future.

木造和船 中山幸雄の世界

利根川下流域の船2大高瀬船

高瀬船

房丁高瀬船

木下船

サッパ船

サッパ船

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