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  • "Dr Maturin was wonderfully unhandy at sea, and very often, in clambering from boat to ship or even in stepping from a solid, stone-built quay into a motionless dghaisa, a local craft expressly designed for the safe, dry transport of landlubbers, he would contrive to miss his footing and plunge into the sea."

    --Patrick O'Brian, Treason's Harbour, 66

    February 15, 2008

  • A small Maltese boat similar to a gondola. Also see luzzu.

    February 15, 2008