Notes on Boats of the Lesser Antilles

By H. H. Brindley , published February 1922


These notes were made in 1905-6. Originally, the islands had a uniform Carib-Arawakan population, then white-men with slaves arrived.   From the standpoint of primitive boat culture, the Antilles are a dug-out region; hollowed out trees with deep washboards, stern-wedge and a sprit-sail rig.   Plank boats range from small flat-bottomed punts, through oared whalers, flying-fish cutters of 30ft, up to 60ft droghers, essentially barge-built open sailing lighters. Decked trading sloops up to 80 tons carry the inter-island trade. Finally, the boat building industry in the volcano at Saba well-deserves its mention as does the now extinct two-masted periagua canoe.

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Caribbean
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