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Travels in Palestine, through the countries of Bashan and Cilead, east of the River Jordan; including a visit to the cities of Geraza and Gamala, in the Decapolis . o take charge of the vessel,and conduct her navigation during the con-tinuance of the contrary wind ; and this had theeffect of making them agree unanimously tokeep under sail a little longer. The vessel in which I had embarked, was oneof those called a Shuktoor, and seemed peculiarto the navigation of the Syrian coast. Its lengthwas about thirty feet, and its extreme breadthfifteen, but being of shallow draught, itsburthen could not have exceeded forty tons.Small as it was, it had three masts, two of thembeing fixed nearly at the extreme points of theframe, and the principal one a little before thecentre of the hull. On the fore and mizenmasts were carried a latteen sail, exactly similarin size and form to those worn by the Egyptianjerms, and on the main-mast w^ere a squarecourse, a topsail, and a top-gallant sail, all fittedlike the central sails in a polacca ship, and themast rigged in the same way.* * See the Vignette on the opposite page. VOYAGE FROM EGYPT TO SYRIA. gi::iiiiP»-|. B 3 6 VOYAGE FROM EGYPT TO SYRIA. This vessel being chiefly employed in thetransportation of corn and rice from Egypt toSyria, with the former of which >«he was nowladen, had the security of a good deck fore andaft, with regularly raised gunwales, hatchways,&c. From the mizen-mast to the stern-post, aspace of about six feet in length, a raised poopformed a small cabin, the highest part of whichwas less than three feet, so that it was necessaryto enter it on all-fours, and when within it, tocontinue in a reclining posture ; as even whensitting on the bare deck the body could not beheld upright. The only aperture for the ad-mission of light or air into the cabin was thedoor of entrance, which was exactly two feetsquare : more than half its interior was alreadyoccupied by baskets of rice, clusters of dates.Sec. belonging