Oceans apart! Canoes of the Pacific.
Which was faster? A Polynesian war canoe or Cook's Resolution?
Our latest exhibition brings together a wealth of material showing the variety of canoes and catamarans which astounded Cook and his men by their beauty, speed and manoeuvrability.
Cook was keenly interested in the construction and seaworthy qualities of native craft of the Pacific, and his artists drew all manner of different boats.
Displays include paintings and drawings, plans and original artifacts from several sources, including a dramatic Maori canoe prow which has not been seen in public for over 100 years.