National Geographic : 1946 Aug
Capt. Brooke Dolan, 2d In Winter, When the Brahmaputra Is Only 150 Yards Wide, Japsan Ferry Is Crossed onFlat-bottomed Barges These craft, each bearing a crudely carved good-luck horsehead at the prow, are large enough to accommodate20laden pack animals (page 197). During the summer floods the stream broadens to a half mile, covering the beach in the background. Traffic depends- then oncoracles, beetle-shaped boats made ofyak hides stretched over frames of willow branches. They carry only small loads. In all Tibet we found only one modern bridge,that near Lhasa (page 199).