Ceylon. View on the beach
Photographer: Scowen and Company, Charles T.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph by Scowen & Co. taken in the 1880s of a beach scene in Sri Lanka, from an album of 62 views of India and Ceylon. Out-rigger canoes or catamarans were originally a raft of three or four logs lashed together and their name comes from the Tamil 'Kattu' (binding) and 'Maram' (wood). T.H.Holdich wrote in the Imperial Gazeteer of India, 'The coast-line of Ceylon is singularly beautiful. Fringed with palm-trees down to the very water's edge, the long line of yellow foreshore is broken at broken at frequent intervals by the picturesque villages of a fishing population, which seems to swarm in every sheltered bay and backwater. On the east and south the coast is low, and the surf beats with long monotonous cadence on the sands...the harbour of Trincomalee...is celebrated as one of the most beautiful in the world ranking with Sydney or Rio de Janeiro.'