National Geographic : 1921 Mar
Photograph byJohn Clark Archer A GLIMPSE OF THE TEEMING LIFE ON THE CANAL EL'ASSAR AT BASRA This important city, 70 miles from the Persian Gulf, is the port of Bagdad. The type of boat seen here isthe bellem. Itsuggests the lines of a dugout, a canoe, and a gondola. Basra is the chief date port of the world (see text, page 293).