Showing posts from March, 2015

The Cayman Pillow

Stylish After-Dive Soft Landing By Stephen Weir, March issue of Diver Magazine Kate, Conch and Cayman Pillow - photo by Weir For Toronto-based London-trained Interior Designer, Kate Thornly-Hall, Grand Cayman Island evokes a certain Seven Mile Beach chic.   Her new line of pillows, towels, hand-woven carpets, and wallpaper are inspired by Cayman life, below and above the water. Diver Magazine doesn’t want to typecast her as the Cayman Pillow Lady, but, just saying, that, when viewing her collection your eyes are drawn to her green and white trellis design throw pillows, her indoor outdoor pillows covered in 19 th century four-masted Cayman schooners and Royal Palm fronds.     Late last year, in a private downtown Toronto club she unveiled her Cayman Island Collection to Diver Magazine.   “ The Cayman Islands Tourism Office in Toronto called and ask if I had ever been to the Caymans. I had not.” Said Kate Thornly-Hall, in explaining how her new collection came

Aga Khan Museum Answers the Question - What is a Dhow?

ANCIENT SHIPBUILDING DESIGN - THE WRECK OF THE LAST DHOW EXHIBITION - AGA KHAN MUSEUM - TORONTO Model of Dhow  - Aga Khan Museum - photo by George Socka The Dhow is a traditional one or two masted sailing vessel usually with lateen rigging (slanting, triangular sails) that has been used for two millennia in the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. It was constructed of wood.   Boat builders steam-shaped wooden hull planks, roughly 2.5 centimeters thick and between 20 and 50 centimeters wide.   These planks were stitched edge to edge with rope. According to the Aga Khan Museum “wadding was placed under the stitching both inside and outside the hull. A lime-like sealing compound applied to the exterior waterproofed the hull.”

The Last Dhow Wreck was in danger because of pirates, weather and political change

DR ALAN CHONG TALKS ABOUT THE LAST DHOW RECOVERY - THE VIDEO Video talks to Dr Chong about the shipwreck of the 1,200-year-old dhow by Stephen Weir and George Socka for Diver Magazine DIVER MAGAZINE talked to Dr Alan Chong, the head of the Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore about underwater archaeology and shipwrecks in the Java Sea.   Alan Chong is a former Toronto Art Gallery curator.   That interview can be seen in a short YouTube video at :

Shipwreck a controversy magnet - now an exhibition at Aga Khan Museum

The Lost Dhow Only showing in North America.  Dhow’d that happen? By Stephen Weir - article in March issue of Diver Magazine Canada’s newest gallery, the Aga Khan Museum , has just opened a major exhibition about one of the world’s oldest and most controversial underwater archaeological finds   – the 1,200 year-old Belitung Shipwreck.   The exhibition about the ship, The Lost Dhow; A discovery from the Maritime Silk Route , had its North American launch in Toronto in early December instead of a planned debut at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. Pottery lie on the deck of the wreck of the Dhow. photo - Tilman W alterfang In 1998, the shallow waters off Belitung Island in the western Java Seas yielded what has proven to be the earliest marine archaeological discovery of the century – a wooden ship filled with gold, silver and bronze objects and a staggering 57,500 Chinese ceramic artifacts. The 15-metre long wooden trading vessel has been identifi