In its strict meaning a trading vessel of 150 to 200 tonnes, lateen rigged on a single mast, and indigenous to the Red Sea, Persian Gulf, and Indian Ocean. However, the name has been extended to embrace any trading vessel of similar size in those waters, irrespective of the number of masts rigged. Nowadays, many modern dhows are fitted with diesel engines. They were formerly used extensively in the slave trade from East Africa to the Arabian countries.
Subjects: Maritime History.