And all the river down to Staines is dotted with small craft and boats and tiny coracles
- which last are growing out of favour now, and are used only by the poorer folk.
I had not then seen a coracle, such as the ancient Britons made, but I have seen one since, and I can give you no fairer idea of Ben Gunn's boat than by saying it was like the first and the worst coracle ever made by man.
And when, at last, I shouldered the coracle and groped my way stumblingly out of the hollow where I had supped, there were but two points visible on the whole anchorage.
The ebb had already run some time, and I had to wade through a long belt of swampy sand, where I sank several times above the ankle, before I came to the edge of the retreating water, and wading a little way in, with some strength and dexterity, set my coracle, keel downwards, on the surface.
And that night, the moon being full, and all the birds asleep, he did enter his coracle
(as Master Francis Pretty would have said) and depart out of the island.
Tenders are invited for Procurement of Fibreglass Coracles
through e procurement
are small, lightweight boats long associated with Wales.
AUGUST 31: Coracles
are traditional round fishing boats that have been made in Britain since Roman times.
FROM fly fishing and lave nets, to seaweed beer and coracles
on the ponds, there's plenty to see at St Fagans National History Museum's Fishing Weekend tomorrow and Sunday.
But along the upper reaches of the Severn and the Wye coracles
were once seen in profusion, with only subtle local differences to distinguish them: the shape of the paddle or the covering for the hull.
Earlier in the day, Prince Charles visited Cnwd Food Company in Cross Hands, and was shown how to smoke fish as well as seeing traditional Welsh coracles
were widely used as river taxis in ancient Iraq and are perfectly designed to bob along on raging floodwaters.