Waqa Tabu—sacred ships: the Fijian drua

  title={Waqa Tabu—sacred ships: the Fijian drua},
  author={Peter Roger Nuttall and Paul D’Arcy and Colin Philp},
  journal={International Journal of Maritime History},
  pages={427 - 450}
The Fijian drua (also called kalia in Tonga and ‘alia in Samoa) are arguably the apex of Pacific naval architectural design and performance, built without metals, some over 100’ long, carrying complements of more than 200, capable of speeds of around fifteen knots and of sailing within four points of the wind. There is currently no single literature source for drua and the discourse on central Oceania’s sailing heritage has been overshadowed in recent decades by intensive research into eastern… 
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