(pron. duyser as in buy),
a rowing boat for ferrying passengers, used in Malta's harbours and around its coast. Dghaisas are propelled by one or two men with oars to which they stand and push instead of sitting and pulling. They are characterized by a very high vertical bow and stern projections similar to Venetian gondolas, but are straight up and down, not curved. Many of them, particularly those used in Grand Harbour, Valletta, are highly decorated with coloured paintwork and are a source of great pride to their owners.
Subjects: Maritime History.