- King Island (Bering Strait) Kayak
- R. T. Wallen Collection, Juneau, Alaska
- RTW 1 (see
Lines drawing in
- Photograph probably taken in King Island, courtesy of the
Peabody Museum, Cambridge..
lines of this R.T. Wallen King Island kayak.
photos of this R.T. Wallen King Island kayak.
drawings of this King Island paddle.
- Length - 14' 10.1" (252.4 cm)
- Beam - 25.3" (64.3 cm)
- Depth to Sheer - 9.6" (24.5 cm)
- Weight 37 lbs. (16.8 k)
This kayak is of the King Island type. Of all the Bering
Strait kayaks, this type was reportedly the best made and strongest. Its
strength was such that the kayak and kayaker could be launched from a
rocky overhang by two strong men. On a signal from the kayaker, they
picked up the loaded kayak and threw it over the surf line. These kayaks
were designed to be used in the stormy waters of Bering Strait and were
used for long-distance travel. The example
should provide a great sea kayak for a person intent on distance paddling.
06 Jul 2014
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