Model, of curragh

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Model, of curragh

Curraghs have been used as boats in Ireland from as early as 200 BC. This model represents a type of curragh used by fishermen on the west coast of Ireland around 1920. It is built to a scale of 1:8.

The curragh was originally constructed by stretching ox-hide over a wood or wicker frame. In more recent times tarred canvas was used.

Curraghs were noted for their seaworthiness, particularly in the heavy Atlantic waves. Early curraghs often reached 12 metres in length, later models ranged from 3 to 5 metres.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-045-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1938.67
Date: Model: Between 1920 and 1938; Original: Around 1920
Dimensions: 21.50" x 6.75" beam
What: Curragh / model
Subject: 23. SHIPPING, Fishing Boats (Departmental Classification)
Where: Ireland
Description: Model of an Irish curragh fitted with 2 thwarts and 4 oars
  • Storer, J D. Ship Models in the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh: A catalogue of models representing the history of shipping from 1500 BC to the present day. Edinburgh: Royal Scottish Museum Information Series, 1985, p 67. 
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