Residents in the more remote islands of the Louisiade Archipelago rely heavily at the present on this sailing canoes (sailau in the local Misima language) as a basic means of transport. Sailing canoes are used to move between islands, to transport goods and cargo, and to access fishing grounds.
The planked canoes vary in length from 4–12 m and carry a single outrigger. The larger canoes are substantial, seaworthy craft, able to carry five or more crew plus freight, and are capable of long-distance voyages when handled by experienced sailors.
Please note, all my images are subject to © copyright by Jola Martysz and cannot be reproduced in any form without my permission.
510 views as of 23 April 2013.
Top 10 in 3 challenges:
Featured in 10 RedBubble groups: