Story: Waka – canoes

Polynesian double hull (3rd of 3)

Polynesian double hull

The addition of sails to Polynesian vessels gave more power and allowed canoes to travel faster and further than with paddles. Two hulls gave stability and seaworthiness. This sketch of a double-hulled canoe (labelled ‘C’) was made by Abel Tasman in his journal while at Tongatapu in 1643.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0106-001
Photolithograph after a drawing by Isaac Gilsemans

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Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, 'Waka – canoes - Pacific origins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/5987/polynesian-double-hull (accessed 25 September 2017)

Story by Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, published 12 Jun 2006