The catamarans came out in large numbers as the 'Warren Hastings' left Madras Harbour for Calcutta.
Photographer: Nicholas and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of three men on a catamaran near Madras, from the Elgin Collection: 'Autumn Tour 1895. Vol II', taken by Nicholas and Company in the 1890s. Victor Alexander Bruce (1849-1917), ninth Earl of Elgin and 13th Earl of Kincardine, served as Viceroy of India between 1894 and 1899. This album contains photographs from the Viceroy Lord Elgin's tour of South India in 1895.
The catamaran is a log raft or float ( from the Tamil word 'maran' meaning log and 'kattu' meaning tied), consisting of two, three or more logs tied together side by side, the middle one being longer than the others. They have traditionally been used in Madras and on the Coromandel coast, for communication with the shore.