By this stamp is given in Australian Stamp Monthly April 1990 that a KOLEK canoe is depict, a unique little outrigger canoe originated in Ambon from which the early labour force came. Built in the form of a dugout it has retained its popularity with the Malay community and has been featured on the island for many years. Hand carved from the trunk of the locally obtained tree “Gyrocarpus”, koleks are extremely seaworthy.
From Aak to Zumbra Dictionary of the World’s Watercraft gives on the Kolek:
In use on Christmas Island; double-outrigger canoe of fairly recent origin, used mainly for fishing off the steep beaches of this Australian-administered island south of Java,
The solid sharp ends curve up above gunwale level. Two booms, 2.4 – 3.1m long, cross the hull and attach to the slender floats (2.2-2.9m long) with ring-shaped connectives. Designed for use by 1-3 people. Reported lengths 4 – 6m., width 0.5m., depths 0.31-0.36m.
Christmas Island 1990 50c sg296, scott263.