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.
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.
It has become a showcase for skills including horse logging, coracle
making, rope turning and bodging, along with firm favourites like birds of prey displays and archery.
THE sight of coracle
fishermen on the river Tywi in Carmarthenshire is a relatively common one, and while it is a tradition that goes back generations it is something that is still celebrated today.
EMILY Portman and her Coracle
Band will be at Theatr Bryn Terfel, in Bangor's Pontio on Friday, December 2, in a concert that starts at 8pm.
This small coracle
was presented to the WRU by Carmarthen RFC in their centenary year, 1975.
sits on the water, rather than in it, and does not fight the cross currents.
McConnell must have taken the official coracle
because the grand total for his travel bill was just PS131.
Now, however, a new book claims that Noah's Ark was a round coracle
and looked very different from its traditional image.