Dhow is the generic name of a
number of traditional sailing vessels with one or more masts
with lateen sails used in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean region.
Some historians believe the dhow was invented by Arabs but this
is disputed by some others. Dhows typically weigh 300 to 500
tons, and have a long, thin hull design. They are trading
vessels primarily used to carry heavy items, like fruit, fresh
water or merchandises, along the coasts of the Arabian
Peninsula, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and East Africa. Larger
dhows have crews of approximately thirty people, while smaller
dhows typically have crews of around twelve.