Hawaiian War Canoe

This type of canoe is very deep, wide and long (about 70 feet). Legend has it that over 120 vessels of this type were built by King Kamehameha I around 1796 for his conquest of Kaua’i. Most remarkable was the European-style rigging, namely the schooner rig. Some of these canoes were equipped with swivel canons supplied by the English in return for sandelwood. This war canoe has been scaled down from a set of drawings to 4 feet in length and 8 1/2 inches in width.

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