Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Coracle, a word derived from the Keltic, denotes a kind of canoe or light boat consisting of a frame more or less elaborate, generally of wicker-work covered by a hide, or several hides in case of the larger examples. The boat is so light that its occupant, on reaching land, can easily carry it away. The vessel is generally constructed to carry one person, but a second person is sometimes taken, who kneels behind the paddler, placing his hands upon the latter's shoulders. The vessel is of great antiquity, and is even now in use in the Wye and Severn, and on some parts of the Irish coast. The canoe of the Red Indian is not unlike it, save that it is longer in proportion to the width, and that bark takes the place of hide.