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Description

This coracle was last used on the Conwy in about 1900. It has six sawn ash laths along its length interwoven with nine cross-laths. The top rim – the gunwale – is of metal, and the skin of tarred calico.

The fisherman used a single paddle to move the coracle. It was used on alternate sides, in a figure of eight movement.

By the mid 1800s the use of coracles for fishing was in decline. The Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act, 1923, ended fishing using coracles on many rivers, and restricted their use on others.




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