Coracles and Miracles is a new display at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, opening on 1 May, which takes a closer look at one of the most unlikely looking of water craft, the coracle.
The new display will feature three different coracles from across the United Kingdom . A Shrewsbury coracle built by the son of Fred Davies who famously used a coracle to rescue footballs from the river during games at Shrewsbury Town football club; an Ironbridge coracle most likely used to cross the River Severn and avoid paying the toll; and a salmon fishing coracle from the River Teifi in Wales.
Andy Wyke, Boat Collections Manager at the Maritime Museum , says: "At first glance a coracle is an odd looking boat with no discernible bow or stern, and a strangely shaped paddle for propulsion. But being made from locally sourced materials, cheap to build, light-weight for ease of carrying, and having a draft of only a few inches for working in shallow waters and easy beaching, has ensured their continued use for thousands of years."
Coracles and Miracles opens on 1 May at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and runs until the end of July.