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Subject: Re: Well
Name: booly
Date: 4/16/2002 8:01:08 AM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: Well posted by Connie

Papyrus reed boats like Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki were one of early boat designs, but was it a hull? , Thor suggested that mariners moved from East to West from S America to Polynesia, having entered S AMerica via the Aleutian Isles across the Bering straights and perhaps from Japan.

Indigeous tribes Africa and S Americans and Polynesians use canoes made by hollowing logs with fire and chisels, often with outriggers for stability.

Prehistoric Celts and modern Aleuts and Eskimo used coracle / canoe made from animal hide stretched over a wicker/wood frame.

The latter two (canoes) are true hulls whereas the former is essentially a raft. However its easy to see how the log might have developed from raft to hull.

The first complex hulls made from caulked planking dowelled into a wood frame arose after these and are still in evidence today all around the coastlines of the Old World. But not in the New World except by immigrants to the best of my knowledge, hence it seems that the previous wave of settlers to the new world did not take knowledge and use of planking with them but did know how to make log canoes. They also used large Balsa rafts capable of carrying as much as the transatlantic vessels used by early Spanish explorers and equally sophisticated up to 5 knots hence they achieved high degree of continental coastal trading ability without the need for hulls.

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