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The D1 Logboat.

 

Dismembered and sunk

Lough Corrib - The D1 Logboat.
Lough Corrib - The D1 Logboat.

This is an undated boat in the main lake of Lough Corrib. It is partially buried, and the section that is visible is heavily scoured on both sides, leaving it very exposed and easy to photograph remotely.


Lough Corrib - D1 Logboat. Cuts in Hull
Lough Corrib - D1 Logboat. Cuts in Hull
This boat could conceivably unlock some of the mysteries of the lake. It appears to have saw cuts down each side where the sides have been removed in sections. This was accomplished most probably in the vessels present position in the centre of a wide expanse of water. This lends credibility to the evidence so far obtained pointing to the lake drying to a depth of 18ft below present levels at some time in the relatively recent past, and may have some bearing on the submerged ancient shoreline. The age of the boat will be crucial.
Lough Corrib D1 Logboat. Cut away sides
Lough Corrib D1 Logboat. Cut away sides

Core samples taken near Clydagh indicated a drying event to 18ft below present levels, and recorded history tells of the Corrib river running dry at least twice (and many objects being recovered) in the 12th century. Obviously if the the river ran dry then Lough Corrib must have been substantially lower as well. It is possible that relics were exposed, or were just below the surface of the lake, and were scavenged. This boat would have been somewhere near the limit of salvageability, and the large peices of oak that would have been the upstanding sides would have been easily removed. The hull would have been either too wet, too heavy, or both. Possibly the lake refilled before the job was finished. We'll have a better idea when the UAU eventually dive the vessel.