“An ancient log-boat, possibly thousands of years old, has been discovered partly embedded in the banks of the River Boyne in Drogheda, possibly where it originally sank.
An initial examination by specialist archaeologist Karl Brady, suggests it could be unique because, unlike other dug-outs or log boats found in the Republic, it has a pair of oval shaped blisters on the upper edge.
Such features were “ very rare”.
“I have seen them on some boats found in Northern Ireland and Britain but not in Ireland. They could have been used for holding oars,” said Mr Brady, who is an underwater archaeologist with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
The boat was found by members of the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery Service (BFRRS) as they were carrying out one of their regular operations to remove shopping trolleys from the Boyne. The find indicates that Drogheda could have other hidden treasures.”
I always find discoveries like this one particularly interesting (as a great fan of Irish archaeology and lover of travel in Ireland). When I was in Ireland last summer I saw a preserved wooden long-boat at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, and the preservation of this vessel was absolutely amazing – as well as the size. It will be interesting to see what can be learned from this new discovery.
Above is a picture I took at the National Museum of Ireland (Archaeology) last summer, of the wooden long-boat they have on display.
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– Dublin News