Here's an interesting canoe from the Solomon Islands in Melanesia, on display at Harvard University's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. The display card says it was given to the museum in 1898, but provides no other details, so we'll just look at the photos and make what comments we can. (Earlier posts in this series on the Peabody looked at Baffinland Inuit, Aleut, other Alaskan Eskimo, and Chinook, Coast Salish, et al, and other Pacific Northwest exhibits.)
|Amidships on both sides are two "medallions" made of mastic embedded with pieces of shell or mother of pearl at the garboard/upper strake seam. Also shown is a very long, narrow, pointed paddle with a T-grip.|
|Carved decoration on the bow extension: a dog?.|
|Another detail near the bow. showing plank seams and decorations. The white decoration under the keel appears to be mother-of-pearl.|
|Throughout most of Oceania, hulls this narrow were usually supported by outriggers. But in the Solomons, monohulls were common.|
|In addition to being lashed to each other with (probably discontinuous) stitches, the planks were lashed on the inside to curved frames of complex shape. The thinness of the planks is apparent from this perspective.|
A few years ago, In the Boatshed reported on the restoration of a canoe of similar type, size and age.