Jim Ferry, Inishbofin, Co. Donegal (son of original owner)
The Drontheim (also known as a ‘Greencastle yawl’ or ‘north coast yawl’) is an open, double-ended and clinker-built boat, generally between 22 and 28 feet overall length and ranging from 5 feet 10 inches to 7 feet 7 inches beam.
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The Drontheim has long been the pre-eminent small fishing craft of the north and north-east coasts. Its fine lines made it suitable for rowing and could be sailed using a spritsail or lug rig. Norwegian-built yawls were being imported to the north and north-east coasts from the mid-18th century, carried as additional cargo on the decks of ships bringing timber from Norway. From the early 19th century locally-made versions of these boats were being produced. This example is currently being restored for its owner by McDonalds.
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