National Geographic : 1943 Jan
War Finds Its Way to Gilbert Islands Into the Sunset on the Vast Pacific an Outrigger Canoe Sails for Flying Fish Distance has no terrors for Gilbertese navigators, who are taught in boyhood to steer by the stars (page 87). Among them is a tradition that one of their early adventurers reached the shores of the American Conti nent, more than 4,500 miles away. Not a bit of metal is used in building the craft. It is made of thin, hand-hewn planks lashed together with coconut fibers. The mainsheet of the sail is held between the skipper's toes.