Just One Kelek Away!

Lab Note #24
Mar 31, 2014

Image (c) Gertrude Bell Archive, Newcastle University.

Diyala ferry, blowing up skins Near Kala Sherwan - Iraq. Gertrude Bell, March 1911.

"We crossed in a craft called a kelek, 19 inflated skins tied together and floored over with reeds. It looked very frail in those swift waters but it served our purpose and in 4 journeys took us and our loads over." With much gratitude to Lars Westergren, we are just one kelek and two weeks away from loading up for Basra.

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