Just One Kelek Away!
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.