…photographs by an American living in Ireland

Galway Hookers


I took this photograph a few weeks back when these traditional Galway fishing boats were racing in the Bay. The name “Hooker” comes from the hooked fishing lines that were used before the introduction of fishing nets. The boats were built by hand from tarred timbers, and the hulls were blackened with an emulsion of creosote and coal. Each had three reddish-brown sails: the main sail, the foresail on either side of the mast, and a jib sail extended beyond the bow. The colour of the sails came from being soaked in a solution made from tree bark, a process known as “barking”. They are beautiful boats, and I love to photograph them. I layered and textured this photo to give it a bit more depth and interest.

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2 responses

  1. I love this. I like the soft, muted colours and the texture.

    June 14, 2011 at 10:55

  2. It looks like a painting. I loke the way they are splayed about, and I also enjoyed your explanation of the history–fascinating!

    June 14, 2011 at 12:43

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