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Keywords:

  • rivet-and-rove construction;
  • clenching;
  • canoes;
  • Kadakkarapally Boat;
  • Kerala;
  • vestigial frames

In May 2003 the author observed a clench-fastened boat near Chertala, Kerala, India. The boat appears to indicate a vessel-type previously undocumented in the area. This article reports the observations made of the vessel and its pertinence to the boat-construction traditions of Kerala and the subcontinent.

© 2009 The Author