This box of prints contains images of dhows and their crews taken by Trotter over the course of his photographic career. The pictures, many of which are taken in Old Mombasa Harbour, include views down onto boats in the water, scenes on the the harbourside, views back to shore and scenes on board ship, including singing and playing drums as well as sailing. There are also several images of a large dhow being towed out to sea by rowing boats.
A number of the images are taken in Zanzibar: these include some of a rowing boat en route for Zanzibar and several from the coastline with dhows out at sea. A number of these show children playing on the beach and watching the ships. There are also images of a dhow being repaired in dry dock and one shot of an Arab man looking down the lens of Charles Trotter's camera.
Additionally, there are images of a Mombasa street scene taken during the Queen Mother's visit in 1959 and a picture of a dhow during the Malindi Festival. There are additional images of dhows within 2001/090/1/3/10.