First published in 1946, this book presents a comprehensive account regarding the origins and early evolution of water transport written by the renowned British ethnographer and zoologist James Hornell (1865-1949). The focus of the text is on different types of transport, and it is divided into three main sections: the first section is on 'Floats, Rafts and Kindred Craft', the second is on 'Skin Boats: Coracles, Curraghs, Kayaks and their Kin' and the third is on 'Bark Canoes, Dugouts and Plank-Built Craft'. Numerous illustrative figures and a detailed bibliography are also included. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in archaeology, anthropology and the history of water transport.In this queer craft the necks of two inverted chatties or earthen pots are connected at a distance apart of about 30 inches, by two parallel bamboo rods. ... Paddling with his hands, the man propels his float here and there through the luxuriant growth of lotus leaves carpeting the surface of the water. Gathering the leaves one by one, he turns each upside down, snips off the remains of the stalk and lays the leaf ... The owner sits astride, between them, paddling as usual with his hands.
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