National Geographic : 1919 Jun
Photograph from Dr. J.Howard Gore ROYAL STATE BARGE: SIAM Interesting indeed is the grace and ease with which this queer structure of far-away peoples skimslightly along the surface of thewater. This is the King's own royal barge, made of solid gold lacquer in filigree style. It is manned by 60 paddlers. After each stroke the paddles, which are covered with gold leaf, are thrown up in the air. The brilliant sun playing on them with the silver of the dripping water produces amost beautiful effect.