National Geographic : 1946 Jun
With Spars Creaking and Cordage Singing in the Breeze, Big Junks Skim Gracefully toanAnchorage Far from being lubberly and awkward, these vessels are amazingly handy and seaworthy. A joy to the lover of sailing craft isthesight ofdozens ofjunks crowded together in a stiff breeze, beating out of a narrow river mouth or working up a restricted channel. Some sail on one tack and some onanother, crossing and recrossing each other's course with perfect precision and style, yet with never a shout or warning hail. Their lugsails, often made of matting, arestrengthened bylong battens orbooms.