The Chamorro Flying Proa Part I

By Richard Shell, published May 1986


The article presents the evidence for the accepted description of the single outrigger sea-going sailing canoe used in the North Pacific islands. Beginning with the first sighting of the proa in 1521 by Magellan, further evidence was collected by Dampier. The social pressures from Spain which reduced the islanders’ need for their vessels is outlined. The Pepysian library contains further evidence.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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