Boat Model, Coracle

The model represents a small boat called a coracle, native to Wales, Great Britain. This type of coracle originated from the Towy River (Tywi, in Welsh). Only about 5 feet long, the coracle was made of sawn ash withies (flexible tree branches) covered with animal skin. The coracle was carried on a person’s back by a leather strap across the chest and was paddled with a wooden oar. Towy River coracles were used for salmon and sewin (sea trout) fishing, with a net between two coracles. This model was acquired by the Smithsonian in 1906.
Object Name
coracle, model
overall: 1 3/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 4 5/8 in; 4.445 cm x 19.05 cm x 11.7475 cm
ID Number
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Ship Models
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Ship Models
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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