Sunday, April 05, 2009
"A SOF Display"
This is a kayak from the Coast of Labrador. You can notice the "D" shaped cockpit. It seems that the cockpit evolved in many forms from round, oval, D shaped etc. Sometimes as varied as the shape of hulls. Boat design depending to a large degree on availability of materials such as whale bone, seal skins, walrus skins, tools, etc during a given year. It is amazing to me to realize that kayaks have been around for so long. Like in the early hundred's A.D.
So next time when you paddle, sit back and dream on the history of your craft and feel the ocean beneath your own skin and be taken back to a time when this vehicle, this mode of transportation and hunting platform helped an ancient society flourish into our modern day.