Sea Trust cwrwgs lauched from Goodwick Parrog by Iolo Williams

Western Telegraph: Hazel, willow withies and cow hides were used to build the second cwrwg from scratch. Pic Johnny Morris Hazel, willow withies and cow hides were used to build the second cwrwg from scratch. Pic Johnny Morris

History was recently recreated in Goodwick, when two replica cwrwgs were launched off the Parrog.

The cwrwgs, large iron age sea-going coracles which take a crew of seven, were the result of a project commissioned by cetacean spotting charity, Sea Trust and funded by the National Park sustainable development fund.

A team of Sea Trust volunteers, including Ian Hotchin, Tony Lucas and Trevor Morris, under the expert guidance of Peter Faulkner, an authority on the design and construction of traditional skin boats, worked to restore one cwrwg and build another.

They used hazel, willow withies and cow hides, to build the second cwrwg from scratch, naming it Non and beginning construction on St David's day.

"Known in Welsh as a cwrwg and Irish as a currach these boats would have been a familiar sight on both sides of the Irish Sea in St David's time," said Sea Trust founder Cliff Benson.

Crowds gathered in the Goodwick sunshine for the launch of both cwrwgs, presided over by television presenter and Sea Trust president Iolo Williams.

It was fantastic to see these crafts, simply made by real craftsman," said Iolo. "They floated like balloons, they were fantastic.

"I bought my two boys down today and they've had a great time. It's a wonderful way to bring history to life."

The canvas skinned cwrwg was named Yvonne, a fitting tribute to the memory of the late Yvonne Fox. Reflecting her love of children, it first took to sea crewed by kids, including Iolo's two boys Dewi and Tomas.

"Yvonne was a larger than life character, totally committed to our community and we felt this was a suitable way of honouring her memory," said Cliff.

One of the cwrwgs is now on display in the Ocean Lab, Goodwick, there are plans to use both boats in a series of events over the summer.

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