Canoes, Paddles, Gourd/Calabash Containers, and Pottery Jug, 1840s-1850s

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Drawings of Western Africa (University of Virginia Library, Special Collections, MSS 14357, no 20).

Ink wash. Location unknown, but probably either Liberia or coastal Equatorial Africa. Depicted are a "long oar" and several paddles, a bailing scoop, a large rudder-equipped “boat excavated from a single stick,” 20-40 feet long; also a dugout canoe, 20-30 feet long [see also, UVA04,18]). Also shown are calabash and gourd containers and a pottery jug with a handle and two spouts. American naturalist-hunter, Paul Du Chaillu, commenting on the Mpongwe, of the Gabon estuary, in the 1850s, reported on the very large size of the dugouts they used on coastal trading voyages. Paul DuChaillu, Explorations and Adventures in Equatorial Africa (New York, 1862), p. 39; see also George Brooks, The Kru Mariner in the Nineteenth Century (Newark, Delaware, 1972. See other image references “UVA” on this site. For background to this and other UVA images, see image reference UVA01.