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Tahitian fleet off Oparee

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On the morning of the 26th, the captain, who had been to Oparrée with some of his officers, to make a formal visit to the king, observed a fleet of more than 300 pirogues, drawn up in order on the shore. They were all completely equipped. At the same time a number of warriors assembled on the beach.

The officers' suspicions were excited by this formidable armament, collected in one night, but they were reassured by the welcome they received.

This fleet consisted of no less than sixty large double pirogues, decorated with flags and streamers, and 170 smaller ones, intended for the transport of provisions, and the flotilla was manned with no fewer than 7760 men, warriors or paddlers.

Author
Project Gutenberg's Celebrated Travels and Travellers(Part 2. The Great Navigators of the Eighteenth Century), by Jules Verne
Published 1880
Posted on
Monday 18 May 2020
Keywords
Boats, Indigenous
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