Dugout Canoe

Original Vessel for the Navesink River


The original vessel for the Navesink river probably was the dugout canoe. American indians on the Navesink River did not use birch bark canoes, but rather used dugout canoes.

In our area the dugout canoes were probably made from Tuliptree logs, which are by far our largest native tree species, and which is eminently suited for dugout canoe building (another name for the tulip tree is canoe wood). Before steel tools the Lenapi made their canoes mostly by controlled burning, although later canoes used a combination of burning and carving with steel tools.


For further information contact Rik van Hemmen.


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Navesink Maritime Heritage Association is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving knowledge and appreciation of Monmouth County's maritime heritage through programs that teach wooden boat building and boat handling skills; through preserving the history of Monmouth County's wooden boat builders and other maritime history; and through the experiental on-the-water programs of River Rangers for middle school children and Sea Scout Ship Navesink for co-ed youth age 14-21.

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