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The Maori Canoe


The canoes of the Micronesians, states Hale, resemble, in model, construction, and rig, those of the Fijians, and are like a long, narrow boat. They sail very near the wind, and move with great page 370rapidity. The largest seen are at Makin, which are not less than 60 ft. in length, and 6 ft. in width. The canoes of the Mulgrave Islands have one side flattened. This latter form is a Malay Archipelago type, the proa or prau.