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Mackenzie Delta Kayak
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa,
NMM IV-D-2039  
to get free Adobe Acrobat Reader, see PDF) PDF Plans - 1-2 figures, Lines and Construction Details; 2-4 figures, Framework; 3-10 figures, Lashings and Ties; 4-8 figures, Structural Details.  (The figures take from 10 seconds up to several minutes to download).  

Mackenzie Delta Kayak  
Photo by Charles W. Mathers, 1901, Fort McPherson on the Peel River. E. Brown collection, Provincial Archives of Alberta.
  • Length - 16' 5.0"
  • Beam - 19.0"
  • Depth to Sheer - 9.5"
  • Weight - 44.0 lbs.
  • Loaded kayak stable to 1 degree

A PDF file is now available for: David W. Zimmerly, 1985,  The Mackenzie Eskimo Kayak. Sea Kayaker 2(3):6-11.

There are four known Mackenzie Delta kayaks, three of them in the Canadian Museum of Civilization collection. The finest known is IV-D-2039. The construction is elegant. The strakes are so thin that they actually create their own bend. This is the only pitched-deck kayak known in Canada and Greenland. The Mackenzie Delta type is an inland kayak used to hunt beluga whales in bays and estuaries. All inland kayak types require a balancing act to paddle. Of the type, this one is relatively stable.

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