The Messenger, Vol. 2

The Messenger, Vol. 2 : Jan. 6, 1909 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Messenger, Vol. 2: Jan. 6, 1909 By far the most graceful are hollowed out of a single stem from 18 to 30 feet long, and about two feet in depth, exclusive of the wash-board, which adds about a foot to the height. This is sowed to the gunwale by coir yarn, so that no iron or any other metal enters into the construction ofa canoe. Bu.t their characteristic peculiarity is the balance-log, of very buoyant wood, upwards of twenty feet in length, carried at the extremity of two elastic outriggers each eight een feet long. By this arrangement not only is the boat steadied it i the outrigger must of necessity be always kept to wind ward, and, as it would not be possible to remove it from side to side, the canoe is so constructed as to proceed with either end foremost, thus elucidating an observation made by Pliny 1800 years ago. That the ships which navigated the seas to the west of Taprobane ml prows a/ ez'l/m' end, to avoid the necessity of tacking it ii Strabo mentions the same at i It is remarkable that this form of canoe is found only where the Malays have extended themselves throughout Polynesia and the coral islands of the Pacific; and it seems so peculiar to that race that it is to be traced in Madagascar and the Comoros, where a Malayan colony was settled at some re mote period of antiquity. The butrigger is unknown among the Arabs, and is little seen on the coast of India. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16mm | 395g
  • Forgotten Books
  • English
  • 148 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0243312423
  • 9780243312429