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Postby john sefton » Thu Dec 09, 2010 5:34 pm

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WA'A KANLUA. Canoe Sandwich Is. up to 190' in length. Swift sailing craft. The unusual shaped hulls joined together with spars. Wooden deck with thatched cabin. Two masts erected forward in 'V shape to which the crab claw matting sail is bound this is controlled by woven fibre stays.

Cook Is 1973. SG438
Log Book February 1989
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Re: Wa'a Kaulua

Postby Anatol » Wed Nov 13, 2013 6:46 pm

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Large double canoe that was primarily the property of kings and chiefs; used into the early 19th century. There was no difference in the hull design of the Wa'a Kaukahi and the Wa'a Kaulua. In many instances a single hull canoe was lashed to a second hull to create a double canoe. Hulls hewn from single logs that were generally about the same size, but when one was larger, the vessel was called a “ku'e'e”; the shorter hull placed to port. Sides verti¬cal; quick turn of the bilges to a rounded bottom. Bottom rocker toward ends, terminating in charac-teristic high, pointed end pieces, the bow pieces taller; a short spur projected aft from the dugout hull. Sides raised by washstrakes; ends decked with breakwater on foredeck; open waist might have a mat cover to protect cargo. Hulls placed close together, joined by 3-6 poles lashed to spreaders wedged into the hulls; narrow, light platform laid between the hulls. When paddled, crews sat on thwarts in each canoe. Also sailed; light, vertical mast stepped forward in the starboard hull; woven pandanus sail laced to the mast; boom vertical and curved, forming a triangular sail. . Used for transporting large amounts of cargo, for extended inter island trips or far off-shore fishing trips, the double canoe also served as troop transports in war. Early Western explorers described observing over 100 people on a 60 foot double canoe.
Lengths to 32.5m; average length 14.5m (larger hull), beam 0.57m, depth 1.0m, width across both hulls 2m.

USA 1984; 20c; SG2077. Source : A Dictionary of the world’s Watercraft from Aak to Zumbra and other Web Sites.
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Re2: Wa'a Kanlua

Postby Anatol » Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:09 pm

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Cook Islands 2013; 50c; 50c;SG?
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