A two-man curach (‘skin’ boat) of traditional design, from Scattery Island, Kilrush, Co. Clare.
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Scattery island lies just off the town of Kilrush, formerly a major port in the Shannon estuary. From the late 19th century until the mid-20th century the island served as a pilot base for shipping destined for Limerick and other upriver destinations. Large four-man curachs were built specially for the pilots (formerly, when they were based at Kilbaha, at the mouth of the river, some pilots were accustomed to use five-man versions). Smaller, two-man and three-man versions were used for fishing and transport. The double-gunwale frame and lattice-formed hull, over which a tarred canvas (‘skin’) cover is tretched makes for a surprisingly light yet strong vessel.
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