For centuries 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.

Cor"a*cle (?), n. [W. corwgl, cwrwgl, fr. corwg, cwrwg, any round body or vessel, the trunk of the body, carcass.]

A boat made by covering a wicker frame with leather or oilcloth. It was used by the ancient Britons, and is still used by fisherman in Wales and some parts of Ireland. Also, a similar boat used in Thibet and in Egypt.

 

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