Once also called germs (sing. germe) and trankies. See William Vincent, The Commerce and Navigation of the Ancients in the Indian Ocean, vol. II (London: T. Cadwell and W. Davies, 1807), p. 170, n. 248, and p. 379. According to A. Moore, “Notes on ‘Dhows,’” The Mariner’s Mirror 26 (1940), p. 206, “[the term ‘dhow’] has the sanction of long use by British seamen and is convenient as a type name to cover baggalas, sambuks and others, but it seems not to be used by the Arabs themselves. It would be interesting to know whether it once denoted an Arabian vessel now extinct or whether it belongs to some other people and language.”