Outrigger canoe, dugout, from breadfruit tree. Fore and aft taper to a spike. Dear Professor Lockhart, I am so glad to think of the Papuan (native) canoe in Marischal College with all the other New Guinea things (I feel sure it must be the only native New Guinea canoe over here!) It was presented to us in 1929 when we visited Papua and New Guinea. V Sincerely Sydney Stonehaven.
Early: 1850 Late: 1929
wood vegetable.fibre sennit
L: 6100 mm
A native canoe from Papua has been presented by Sydney Viscountess Stonehaven to Aberdeen University Anthropological Museum. It is an exceptionally fine example of the art and craft of the boatbuilders of New Guinea. The canoe is an outrigger, approximately 20 feet long, tapering fore and aft in lovely lines to a spike of 3 feet to 4 feet. The body of the canoe is beautifully streamlined and is shaped from a single trunk, but the bow and stern are separate pieces, closely fitted to the body but with the grain of the wood at right angles to that of the body. The baler is interesting as its outside is shaped to fit the inside of the canoe, a point which naval experts have commented upon as superior to European practice. 93. Canoe. New Guinea, Maty Islands. A narrow dug-out made from the breadfruit tree and used in shark fishing. the canoe exemplifies those creations of Pacific man which combine efficiency with elegance.