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A nuggar is a type of boat used on the River Nile, the Arabic word nuqqar meaning transport ship. 'The Bugle' of 11 July 1895 gives a description:

'The ordinary craft used by the Arabs at this part of the Nile are Nuggars. The Nuggar has one mast, almost in the centre of the boat, and carries a large lateen sail, having a yard above and a boom below. The Dougolese are very expert in the management of the Nuggar, the ordinary cargo of which is about 20 tons.'

Find out what a nuggar looks like at National Maritime Museum: Nuggar. Please note this link will take you off the DRO website, to return to this page please use your browser 'Back' button.