The West Indian Sailing Canoe

By Michael F. Doran, published November 2002


Spritsail rigged carvel-built open boats called yoles raced for sport in Martinique preserve a design perhaps thousands of years old, a direct copy – built from frames and planks –of the indigenous island dugout canoes of the Carib Indians. Carib tradition is that such spritsail rigged dugouts were part of their pre-Columbian culture. Their speed and capacity won them a major role in water transport during the plantation era. The shift to frame construction only occurred in the late twentieth century.

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Filed under: Prehistory | Other (Twentieth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft

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