The coracle is over-emphasised. In the time of the Romans, Venetian planked boats may have traded to Britain. However, the locals, as Pliny remarks, used hide-covered osier-framed sea-going boats rather like the umiak, that can hold over twenty Eskimos. The Irish, oared, sea-fishing curragh is a survivor of the type still in ordinary use in the 17c. Capt. Phillips’s drawings of the large open curragh show the framing, sailing, rigging and the killick-anchor. Pagan figureheads, mast-head talismans and saintly hut and cross are illustrated. Light-weight robustness would make portage in tidal waters easier.
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