Development from Log to Clipper Part I

By D. D. Kirkaldy Willis, published March 1922

Abstract

The details of the evolution from floats to craft by primitive man are lost in the dark glass of the distant past. Floats included coconuts, drift logs, shaped logs and bundles of rushes.   Primitive boats comprised dug-outs, bark and skin canoes, rush-boats and coracles. The dugout was hollowed out by mussel shells or adze alone; assisted more commonly by fire and water.     Bark canoes, made by stripping a cylinder from a tree and sewing up each end, reached near perfection in the Hudson Bay Territory with a cedar framework and birchbark.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Prehistory | Baltic | Antiquity | Other (Twentieth C) | Indian Ocean | Other (location)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

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