A baghlah, bagala or baggala (Arabic: بغلة) is a large deep-sea dhow, a traditional Arabic sailing vessel. The name "baghla" means "mule" in the Arabic language.
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The baghlah dhows had a curved prow with a stem-head, an ornately
carved stern and quarter galleries. Their average length was
100 ft (30 m) with an average weight of 275 tons. Usually
they had two masts using two to three lateen sails; supplementary
sails like a jib were often added on the bowsprit, as well as on a
topmast atop the main mast. As a large and heavy ship the baghlah
required a crew of at least 30 sailors. Some had even up to 40.
The ghanjah or kotiya is a similar type of vessel, often difficult to
distinguish from the baghlah.
Baghlahs were widely used in the past centuries as merchant ships in
Persian Gulf campaign of 1809
^ Clifford W. Hawkins, The dhow: an illustrated history of the dhow and its world ^ Too Late to Document Dhows? ^ Thabit A. J. Abdullah, The Political Economy of Trade in Eighteenth-Century Basra, SUNY series in the Social and Economic History of the Middle East , 2000, ISBN 978-0-7914-4808-3 ^ The Traditional Dhow ^ Gardiner, Robert (2001 ). The Victory of Seapower. Caxton Editions. ISBN 1-84067-359-1. p. 89
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