River fishing in coracle boats


A Welsh fisherman carrying a coracle

The 'coracle' is a small, lightweight boat of the sort traditionally 
used in Wales but also in parts of Western and South Western England,  
Ireland (particularly the River Boyne) and Scotland (particularly the River Spey); 
Designed for use in the swiftly flowing streams of Wales and parts of the rest of 
Britain and Ireland, the coracle has been in use for centuries, having been noted 
by Julius Caesar in in his invasion of Britain in the mid first century BC. Coracle 
fishing was often performed by two coraclers. The net is stretched across 
the river between the two coracles (the coracler will paddle one handed, 
dragging the net in the other) and drawn downstream. When a fish is 
caught, each hauls up an end of the net until the two coracles are 
brought to touch, and the fish is then secured, using 
a priest to stun the fish


Young boy in his coracle, 1865


A father teaching his son to build a coracle, Wales
The National Museum of Wales


General view, Llangollen, Wales, between 1890 and 1900


Coracles, illustration from 1877
'Lippincott's Magazine  of Popular Literature and Science'


 Cilgerran coricle-men William Johnson and John Morgan 
with their haul of fish and their 'coracle' boats, 1905
photo by Tom Mathias (1866-1940)

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