National Geographic : 1923 Dec
A SHORT VISIT TO WALES 641 SALMON FISHERMEN AND THEIR CORACLES ON THE BANKS OF THE RIVER TOWY This type of boat is a survival of the skin-covered coracle used by the Britons 2,ooo years ago. The frame, of beech and ash twigs interlaced, is covered with a stout sheet of canvas soaked in tar and pitch. Note the clubs in leather pockets on the seats, used for killing salmon when caught. rllotograptis by A. W . Lutler TAKING HIS FIRST LESSON IN THE NAVIGATION OF A CORACLE Until a boy has become proficient in the art of handling this ancient craft of Wales, he is tied to it with a rope, so that if the boat turns turtle he can hang on to it till assistance arrives.