Sunday, August 9, 2020

Dunga, a boat of Bengal

BOAT Model Name: Dunga / ডুঙ্গা

To-the-scale model ON SALE

Material: Wood and Metal
Dimension: 18 x 4.5 x 2 inches

Dunga, a flat bottom, shell built, stapled fishing boat of 10 to 12 feet in length with shallow draft is used in the river Subarnorekha of West Bengal. Double ended nails called jolui are used to fasten two planks side by side like staple pin. Stem and stern posts are shaped like fish head and fish tail respectively. Horizontal floor timbers are few in number and devoid off any cross beams.

সমতল তলা বিশিষ্ট মাছ ধরার নৌকো  ডুঙ্গা সুবর্ণরেখা নদীতে দেখতে পাওয়া যায়। খোল গড়নের এই নৌকোতে জলুই দিয়ে দুটো তক্তা জোড়া হয়। বাঁক, বরাসের সংখ্যা খুব কম হলেও কিন্তু কোনো গুঁড়ো থাকে না। ৮-১০ হাত লম্বা এই নৌকোর আকার অনেকটা মাছের মতো।

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1 comment:

Patrick B said...

Hello Noukoghar,

I hope you are well. Thank you for your excellent articles on Bengali boats.

I am a boat builder. The dunga is very similar to an Irish traditional fishing boat called a 'gandelow'. There is a wikipedia page here:

And a blog of me building one here:

I am coming to Bangladesh in March, staying in Cox's Bazaar (not a holiday).
I hope to visit some tradional boatyards there - building boats out of wood.

Are there any?

Thank you and keep well,