Guam Canoe

Magellan’s chronicler, Pigafetta, who saw some of these vessels in 1521 at either Guam or Rota, likened them “to the gondolas of Fusine but narrower”, and remarked that some of them were painted black and others red.


Now centuries later, as it is also happening across Polynesia, there is much enthusiam to revive the ancient sailing craft across the Marianas as one can see by watching the various videos on YouTube, like for example:


The name “Flying Proa” given to these vessels is owing to the swiftness with which they crossed the horizon at a distance, according to the account of Captain George Anson who circumnavigated the globe aboard the famous flagship Centurion.

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