AGLURMIUT (BRISTOL BAY YUPIK)
This replica measures 14'11-7/8" long and is 29-5/8" wide. The original was collected in 1885 by Charles
Townsend and is presently in the U. S. National Museum of Natural History (catalog no. 398281). A survey of this kayakhas been published in Adney & Chapelle's "The Bark Canoes and Skinboats of North America" (figure 177), but my replica is based on a conjectural restoration of the damaged original based on my own survey notes. (The drawing in A & C has the old USNM catalog no. of 76285). The lines of this kayak are published in "Kayaks of Alaska."
Click HERE to see the story and photos of a 100 mile trip I made in this kayak in 2009.
Andrew Doornink paddling the replica on Hood Canal, 2016.
Bow (left) and stern views of the completed frame; Right: Bow view after covering.
Brian Scarborough paddling the kayak at the South Sounds Traditional Kayak Symposium (SSTIKS) in 2009.
Forward quarter view of the Bristol Bay kayak.
Stern quarter view of the Bristol Bay kayak.
Cockpit view; bow to right.
Low quartering bow view.
The finished kayak. The short tube on the kayak's foredeck is a sleeve for a mast.
Forward interior view. Note the mast partner (under the deck stringer) and the mast step (on the keelson).
Rigged with my old two-hole baidarka sail. (The sail is NOT an authentic accessory for this kayak-- I
just thought I might like to get some free downwind rides in this kayak).
Another view of the sail. This kayak goes downwind nicely, but doesn't reach at all. The lack of any keel or rudder
make it skid along sideways, which, if you are desperate, is a way of getting somewhere.