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Norton Sound Kayak
Lowie Museum, University of California, Berkeley, LM 2/1674   (see Lines drawing in PDF)
Norton Sound Kayak  Photograph taken by Ray B. Dame, July 1938 in Unalakleet on Norton Sound, courtesy of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.
  • Length - 17' 1.8"
  • Beam -  28.3"
  • Depth to Sheer - 15.7"
  • Weight - 89.1 lbs.
  • Loaded kayak stable to 45 degrees

Like all south Alaskan types, the Norton Sound kayak is lashed from rib to rib rather than stringer to stringer. It is similar in construction and cross section to the Hooper Bay and Nunivak kayaks, but can be distinguished by the straight line of its ridged deck. It's characteristic hand grips are formed by extensions of the fore and aft deck stringers. A passenger can be carried back-to-back with the paddler in this high-volume craft. Traditionally a stable hunting craft, it was also used for freight, often with two kayaks lashed together with a platform tied to paddles lashed fore and aft. This kayak was usually paddled with
a single-bladed paddle.

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