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Irene Avaalaaqjaq 1976 *

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Bering Strait 2-hole Kayak
Mariners Museum, Newport News, MAM BF-32  (see Lines drawing in PDF)
Bering Strait 2 Hole Kayak 
Photograph taken by Ray B. Dame, July 1938 in Unalakleet 
on Norton Sound, courtesy of the Anchorage Museum of 
History and Art.
  • Length - 18'
  • Beam - 27.8"
  • Depth to Sheer - 10.8"
  • Loaded kayak stable to 48 degrees

This two-hole 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 couple intent on distance paddling.

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