Help ID'ing an old Burmese river ferry

27th December 2007, 01:28
Hello--I posted this query in the Ferries forum, and then noticed this perhaps more appropriate one:

I'm hoping to find some experts on old river ferries out there who can help me find more info on the kind of ferry pictured below. They're old Burmese river ferries still in use today throughout Myanmar.

I rode one of these (salon class, the room above the prow), old to the point of rotting, on a marathon 18-hour trip when the bus would have taken 3 hrs, and would like to know more about their history.

Any tips or pointers to a source of information on their place and year of manufacture, etc, would be much appreciated--thanks much.