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Model camakau

A model Fijian camakau without mast, sail or rigging. The rigging was identical to that used on drua and it is not known whether the camakau led to the drua, the drua to the camakau or both were developed at the same time. The drua is a double-hulled canoe (although both hulls are large, one is slightly smaller than the other), while the camakau has one main hull and a much smaller outrigger hull. Like drua, camakau were built to large size and were capable of travelling on the open ocean. Even in the early 1900s camakau were swifter and often preferred by Fijians for travelling between islands, even between Fiji and Tonga.

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