|Model of a Japanese tenmasen workboat. All images courtesy Douglas Brooks (click any image to enlarge.)|
|Lines of a tenmasin.|
The lines drawings are from the Seto Nai Kai Museum and date from the 1950's or so. The boat was built in Ushimado, a community now called Setouchi. Very typical Japanese small boat style, with the aft end of the plank keel uplifted, and two planks per side. One interesting feature is the two piece transom which is not in one plane but joined at an angle. In the drawing you can see the two stations used by the builder, another common element of boatbuilders here, who used far less reference points than their western counterparts.
Overall length is about twenty feet.
This boat would have been propelled off the stern by a ro, or Japanese sculling oar, similar to the Chinese yuloh.
Another interesting feature of the transom that Brooks did not mention is that it is recessed far forward of the aft ends of the planks.
|Brooks at work on the Setouchi tenmasen.|
Brooks is maintaining a detailed blog of the project. Here is the most recent post, but to read it in chronological order, go to the first post and then click "newer post" over and over. There's also a blog primarily for Japanese readers.
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