men have used this strange river
-going craft called a coracle for fishing
and travelling from place to place. This unique form of transport
is still being used in Wales
for fishing and other pursuits. It has remained unchanged in design
for 2,000 years. When the Romans
came to Britain
they saw and described these strange craft, which the Britons were using.
In those days they were made from wicker
and covered in animal skin
, but today they are covered in canvas
, and then tarred to make them waterproof.
The coracle is propelled by an oar
, a very delicate, skilled operation which, if not carried out correctly, may result in the boat
simply revolving in circles.