Rush-Laden Boats On The Ant
Photographer: Payne Jennings, John (1843-1926)
Medium: Photographic print
“Rush-laden Boats on the Ant. – These flat-bottomed, broad-built boats are one of the features of these waters, and are propelled by means of a long pole called a ‘quant.’ These boats of funereal black are the local gondolas, and the gondoleri, here known as the marshmen, are very expert in ‘quanting’ the sombre craft from place to place. Indeed, to quant a boat well requires great practice, and many a novice has received a gratuitous bath concurrent with a lesson in this mode of progression. Immense loads of marsh-hay and rushes are conveyed by these boats, which are frequently so hidden as to cause the spectator to fancy he sees a man navigating a haystack along the stream.”
Letterpress description by Ernest R. Suffling accompanying Plate V from ‘Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads’.