Fishing for Islands: Traditional Boats and Seafarers of the Pacific

Fishing for Islands: Traditional Boats and Seafarers of the Pacific

by John Nicholson

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Fishing for Islands: Traditional Boats and Seafarers of the Pacific by John Nicholson


From bamboo rafts to the double-hulled voyaging canoe, this book is a celebration of the traditional boats of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. The people of these island countries depend on the sea, and their ships reflect their mastery of sailing and shipbuilding. Early sailors built simple dugout canoes, but the invention of the outrigger and the double-hulled canoe allowed the Polynesians to navigate rough waters and sail thousands of miles more than 1,000 years before the Greeks and Romans mastered the Mediterranean. From New Zealand to Hawaii to Indonesia, this book discusses fishing techniques, navigational methods, and boat building facts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781864485875
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
Publication date: 06/28/2002
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 8 - 13 Years

About the Author

John Nicholson is the author of The Cruelest Place on Earth, Explorers of Australia, The First Fleet, and A Home Among the Gum Trees.

Table of Contents

Introduction4
1Casting Off7
From Raft to Outrigger
A War Canoe from the Solomon Islands
Boats Are People Too
2Conquering the Pacific15
Voyaging Canoes
Maori War Canoe
Polynesian Boats for All Purposes
3Traders and Gypsies31
Praus of Indonesia
A Sea Gypsy Houseboat
A Jukung from Bali
Glossary39
Index40

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