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This is an auction for TARATAI by James Siers.

In 1976 James Siers made an incredible voyage of 1500 miles in a 76-foot voyaging canoe from Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands to Fiji. The journey was made in an effort to re-establish an ancient sea link between the two island groups, and at the same time to prove that native canoes were capable of making such long sea voyages.

The expedition was led by Siers, a New Zealand writer/photographer who had been dreaming of this adventure of more than 10 years. Siers went to the Gilbert Islands in 1975 and lived in the village where the canoe was built, recording its construction and sharing a simple life with the villagers.

This book is not only an adventure story of a dramatic voyage - it is an account of a unique way of life of a race of extraordinary people whose life is ruled by the ocean. It is full of insight and anecdote, heartbreak and final sweetness of success in July 1976 on arrival in Lautoka, Fiji.

The book has added interest because it includes a chapter by Paul Barton, an English naval architect, and Bruce Askew, a New Zealand naval engineer. Barton sailed on the first voyage as navigator and Askew was involved in planning the construction of the second canoe.

Large format paperback 1977.

306 pages

Photographs throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.70.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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