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The Rabbit Island Boat


Lough Corrib - Rabbit Island boat stern section
Lough Corrib - Rabbit Island Boat
From near the bow looking aft. The boat is 28ft long, in a moderate state of preservation. Four poorly preserved iron spearheads were found inside the vessel.
Lough Corrib - Rabbit Island Boat - Bow
Lough Corrib - Rabbit Island Boat - Bow
Tha Bow of the vessel - she is made of knotty oak, by the iron age most of the good tall straight oak had been felled - this restricted the size of vessels, and meant that construction was more difficult due to knots and faults.
Lough Corrib - Rabbit Island Boat - Stern
Lough Corrib - Rabbit Island Boat - Stern
To the side of the stern can be seen several flat pieces of timber with holes in. These may be the remains of a "built up gunwhale" - a construction intended to increase the freeboard of the vessel - making it more seaworthy and less likely to ship water over the sides.
Lough Corrib - Rabbit Island Boat - From astern
Lough Corrib - Rabbit Island Boat - From astern
The strong currents in this part of the lake have limited the amount of sediment on the lakebed. The vessel has been subject to some considerable erosion due to its exposure to the aquatic environment. Vessels which are rapidly buried in the sediment tend to be very well preserved.