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The Clydagh Boat

It would be great if an American or European University could get involved in this project - there are so many Phd's and papers under this lake that I've lost count. 
Strangely it doesn't seem to be the sort of archaeology that Irish institutions are interested in, truly quite remarkable, we have some world class archaeology here capable of fundamentally changing current thought and knowledge .
Corrib - C15 Logboat
Lough Corrib - C15 Logboat
The Clydagh Boat. Probably one of the most intact vessels of this age ever found anywhere (as far as I can see) A massive 37ft long, Steering oar in place, slotted duckbill bow with 2 rounded rectangular slots (for pulling ashore with oxen ?), intact fitted transom and quarter posts. Gunwhales appear full height. 

These boys could build a boat. Not only that - but they could sail this monster. This doesn't appear to have been built for speed - so it was probably the bulk carrier of its day, possibly even "multi-modal", capable of being dragged when out of the water.

Probably late bronze age or early iron age (the size of the tree is a reasonably good indicator).
Lough Corrib C15 boat stern
Lough Corrib C15 Boat Stern
The transom of the Clydagh Boat. 
It appears from the image that the board transom is slotted into carved-in quarter posts. The starboard post has a much larger head on it, and the steering oar, laying beside it, was secured to this by some means, probably a leather strap. Both port and starboard posts show signs of rope or fibre hawser attachment of some type as they are very grooved.
There is a good  illustration of a very similar steering oar in Harding's "European Societies in the Bronze Age" page 179
Lough Corrib - The Clydagh Boat
The Clydagh Boat, side view
This gives some idea of the immense proportions of this vessel. The problems manoeuvering this thing must have been huge.
Lough Corrib - Clydagh Boat - Bow -
Clydagh Boat - Bow
The Bow of the Clydagh Boat. The hole in the prow or "duckbill" could be either for driving a mooring pole through, or securing a leather or rope towing hawser through. 
Lough Corrib Chart Book
The Lough Corrib Chart Book
This video was shot during rough weather !