When we went to Ireland earlier this year, we were delighted to learn about the Galway hooker: a distinctive cargo and fishing boat in use for at least two hundred years.
The hookers are oak sailing boats with sharp bows, bright red main sails, and two foresails all on a single mast, and are a popular symbol of Galway. The name “hooker” originates from the vessel’s use as a hook-and-line fishing boat. (When the Irish came to Boston during the potato famine, they needed fishing craft, and built what came to be known as Boston Hookers.)
We not only saw hookers themselves, but we saw them used to represent Galway in a number of creative ways. This is one of my favorite pictures, from a bakery in Galway.