Kimbe is the capital of the province of West New Britain in Papua New Guinea . It is a port town on the great Kimbe Bay. Explorer Sherwin show that the hull of the small fishing canoe (waga) Kimbe( Kombe, Kombi) and the neighboring islets has the prolonged ends characteristic of the whole of the northwest of New Britain.Kanoe has no strakes. The two booms arc amidships and extend a short distance on the off side and are lashed to the edges of the dugout . Short canoe-shaped float is attached to each of two booms with two pairs intersecting U-shaped fasteners of mango tree firmly attached to the top of the float. The booms is based on their crossing and tied to the free ends of the fasteners. The double-U attachment is similar to that employed by the Witu Islanders and the Nakanai. Sherwin also gives colored illustrations and explains the decoration of the canoes and their parts . At the end of the bow of one vessel is carved a fish hawk for fish magic. This bird, according to local legend, emerged with the first men and women from a hole in the rock hidden beneath a pool of fresh water at the back of Mount Talawe. The two carved and painted transverse boards or thwarts which support the booms appear to fit into the cavity of the hull. The platform consists of transverse poles between the booms supported on longitudinal poles. Kimbe has no large two-masted canoes along the Kimbe-Sahe coast as the natives make only coastal voyages, though the KImbe people visit the neighboring islets. They have some one-masted canoes which are of simpler construction than the two-masted canoes of the Siassi Islands and can be managed by two men.
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Source:A. Haddon, John. Hornell: Canoes of Oceania.1937.Volume II.
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