Photographer's Note

These tiny boats are known as Coracles. These fine examples were seen at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.

In the background, on the wall is a photograph of men carrying a coracle each on their backs.

The Coracle on the left is a Shrewsbury Coracle. The framework is made laying the transverse laths over the longitudinal laths and fixing them with rivets or clenched nails.

The ash paddle is approximately 4 feet long,(120 cms) with a blade length of 18 inches (45 cms).
These coracles were not carried on the back as other types of coracle are in South Wales, but the seat was rested on the left shoulder and the paddle used as a counter balance.

The Davies family at Shrewsbury have been well known for their coracles for many years. This boat was built by John Davies in 1989.

The coracle on the right is an example of an Ironbridge Coracle.
Features which distinguish this type of coracle fom others are: the seat fixed to the top of the gunwhale instead of being flush with it; a shovel shaped paddle; a socket beneath the seat into which the paddle handle was inserted to assist with carrying.
This boat was built by Eustace Rogers in 1981.

In the w/s I have posted a photograph of a coracle in use.
Also three coracles by Rob Johnsey who was inspired by the Shrewsbury and Ironbridge Coracles.

Thanks for looking.

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