Large double-hulled canoes were once used by the ancestors of Māori to sail from eastern Polynesia to New Zealand. Double-hulled vessels remained in use in other South Pacific countries. This example was sketched in Tonga by the French artist Copia around 1790. It has a simple wooden two-level platform built across two canoe hulls, and is equipped with a triangular sail.
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Engraving by Piron
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