National Geographic : 1913 Jul
Photo byMrs. Ronald Gleason THE STERN OF A RICE BOAT ON THE IRRAWADDY "The whole is roofed over with arched bamboo rods, covered by matting. At the stern a highpoop deck gives thecraft itscharacteristic appearance and forms a sort of throne for the captain steering. These boats are propelled by poles and paddles up thenarrow creeks, orspread great square sails of palm fronds on the open river when the wind is fair. The owner and family oftenlive aboard" (see page 842). .