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- n. A Dutch sailing vessel.
"It's a so-called tjalk, a military transport ship built to Dutch blueprints.
The ambition of the youth who tugs at the rope is to possess a tjalk of his own, and he diligently looks out for the maiden whose dowry will assist him, with his own savings, to make the purchase.
When a family comes he will want a larger and more commodious boat, but by that time the profits which his first tjalk will have earned as a carrier will go far towards buying a second.
It may not be long before the tjalk, with its doll's house and its residential population, will finally disappear, and leave the canals of Holland as dull and colourless as the inland waters of any other country.
There these inland navigators ply their vocation with only one ambition, and that to become the owner of a tjalk, and to rear thereon a family of towers.
The decay and break-up of the guild of tjalk owners will be hastened by the introduction of steam and electricity as means of locomotion.
The tjalk is one of the few remaining vessels from the period when Tsar Peter the Great was creating Russia's navy.
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