This ornately carved waka taua (war canoe) was seen off Gable End Foreland on the East Coast by members of English explorer James Cook's first voyage in 1769. The tauihu (prow) includes a large figurehead, and the huge taurapa (sternpost) has a double row of feathers as additional ornamentation. The rauawa (attached sides) running along the waka taua are also finely carved. These were lashed to the hull and increased the seaworthiness of the waka.
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Hand-coloured engraving by Sydney Parkinson
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