WAYS:Boats p.3

In mid July 2011 I left for Istanbul via Paris aboard an Air France Boeing 747. I had little conception of how much the craft I was about to board owed to the ancient vessels I was leaving to study. A few days later I sent the following email:
From: Brian O’Connell [mailto:cbrianoconnell@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 7:43 AM
Subject: Bodrum Tirhandil Project

Dear Professor Bass,

My name is Brian O’Connell. I am an artist based in New York. I am currently in Turkey planning a project meant to take place in the next year. I’m interested in the way that forms, ancient and contemporary, carry known and sometimes unknown records of their cultural and structural antecedents. In the spring of 2009 I made a 13-foot functional cement hull in Los Angeles (see: http://boconnell.org/ART/BOAT/Boat1.html). The form of this hull was based on that of an earlier boat used by Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader in 1975.

My current project involves a much more complicated history that I am hoping you may be able to lend some insight into. I’m currently looking for a disused and or no-longer seaworthy 9-10 meter boat in or around Bodrum. This boat will be used as a mold for a “new” concrete vessel which will bare the impression of the old structure on its inside surface.

I am hoping to find a tirhandil which according to some Internet sources (I’ve been unable to find reliable literature on this subject) dates back some 2500 years. Apparently Tirhandil are the oldest form (and shape) of boat still used in the region. Furthermore, the name is said to derive from Greek ...