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Donegal paddling curragh, port broadside
Scale: circa 1:6. Full hull model of a Donegal paddling curragh (circa 1845), of Bunbeg and Tory Island type (Ireland). It is based on a prototype found in the Irish National Museum in Dublin and has a hazel wand framework covered with hide and double wands on the floor. A fresh untanned animal hide was stretched over the framework. As the skin dried, it shrank to produce a tight, waterproof hull form. Gunwales project beyond the stern allowing it to be upended for drying without risk to the hide. By 1845 canvas began to replace the use of hide.
These craft were propelled by two men, one kneeling in the bow to paddle and the other sitting on the transom bar using his paddle to steer over the stern. The model is thus equipped with two paddles.
- Image reference: E9006-296
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London