Widgets Beach Craft of Brazil

Beach Craft of Brazil

Thanks to a friend Jasmine, I recently got to scan these photographs from Brazil circa 1950 (give or take 10 years).  Her Grandfather was a pilot for Panam, a sailor, and photographer. In one of his trips to Brazil he took these pictures.  I am curious to learn more about the sailboats shown here.  They pair gorgeous exotic sails (at least to my eyes), with a simple rectangular keel-less hull that look almost like lashed rafts of logs that have been cut off to angle the bow.  I am completely taken by this set of photos.  Please post more information and links if you know anything, and I will add updates if I can learn more about this history of this vessel type.  I did learn so far the Praia de Iracema, as written on the image, is in Fortaleza, Brazil.     


  1. alex Said,

    January 31, 2009 @ 10:30 am

    In a german book called “So lange sie noch segeln” by Neil Hollander and Harald Mertes these boats (rafts)are described as Jangadas. When the Portugese came to Brasil in the 15th century they saw the indians fishing in crafts like those, lashed together logs. They fished inside the lagoons without sails, collecting crabs and spearing fish. With the increasing population they needed sails to go out fishing with nets. The german explorer Maximilian Prinz zu Wied-Neuwied wrote in his book “Reise nach Brasilien” that he saw them in 1815 sailing out using a paddle as oar and pulling a board as daggerboard between the logs. They could tack very close to the wind. The helmsman was sitting on a chair because the waves often washed over the logs. In 1980 Hollander and Mertes write 30 years before the Jangadas were used all along the northeast coast of Brasil but when they were there only in small remote villages.

  2. admin Said,

    February 4, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

    Thanks alex for the great information.
    I also found some more information about Jangadas at a enjoyable blog about indigenous boats.