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King Island (Bering Strait) Kayak
R. T. Wallen Collection, Juneau, Alaska
 RTW 1  (see Lines drawing in PDF)
Photograph probably taken in King Island,  courtesy of the Peabody Museum, Cambridge..

Click here for lines of this R.T. Wallen King Island kayak.
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  • 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.

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