The Fiji Museum - Virtual Museum

Steering Oars

Steering oars that were used on some of the massive drua from the 1800s. They are up to 10 metres long and were cut from a single tree. Due to their immense weight, there was one oar at either end of the drua, so that when the canoe changed direction, the steering oar did not have to be carried to the other end. It required three or four men, with the help of rope lines, to keep the canoe on course in strong winds.

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