The Society Annual Lecture 1933: Primitive Craft of the Central African Lakes

By E. B. Worthington, M.A., Ph.D, published May 1933


This paper follows the third SNR annual lecture that discussed whether the design of primitive craft evolved locally, or whether similar craft found in different places across the world were the result of ‘unexplained diffusion’. The author studied of the boats of the great lakes of Kenya and Uganda, considering different type of boats used by the lakeside villagers and concluded that designs evolved locally from the different types of fishing undertaken, the different materials available and local weather conditions. He also recognised that although there may be some local diffusion, world-wide diffusion is unlikely.

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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