Scene in the 2nd Defile [of the Irrawaddy], a fishing craft
Photographer: Watts and Skeen
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from the Curzon Collection taken by Watts and Skeen in the 1890s in Burma (Myanmar), with a view of a fishing boat and a small sampan moored on the banks of the Irrawaddy River in the Second Defile. The nets of the fishing boat are supported on a mast-like wooden framework. The Irrawaddy (or Ayeyarwady), flows south from its source in the mountainous north of Burma (Myanmar) through a series of defiles or narrow gorges, and the Second Defile is at Sinkan, south of Bhamo, in the country's most northerly state of Kachin. It is shorter and not so constricted as the river’s other defiles, with its narrowest stretch over 100 metres wide. This view shows the imposing scenery of forested hills rising from the riverbanks, and the relatively calm current.