Corrib history

This site’s focus is usually on recent history, say from about 1750 onwards, but Captain Trevor Northage has been investigating inland waterways transport on Lough Corrib over rather a longer period: his finds range from a logboat 4500 years old to a Victorian racing yacht.

Explore the Corrib wrecks on his website here; listen to him on BBC Radio 4 here. There’s a player at the top of the page; the Corrib bit starts about 9 minutes and 50 seconds in.

2 responses to “Corrib history

  1. Pingback: Corrib history on BBC Radio4 | Canals of Dublin – Tourism Information

  2. Well done to Trevor Northage for sharing valuable information on Lough Corrib (Old name Viking name Orbsen). Apart from Bronze/Iron age The Vikings (Northmen) had quite a history on Lough Orbsen – building canals, trading, bog iron, metal working/smithing-by-fire (Angles) making axes, swords (Saxons) etc. Northmen also built Crannog like settlements and quite a few of these are in the Lake. Northmen history is not just confined to the eight hundreds and nine hundreds in Gaillimhe (Gaul from/from Gaul). They knew how to travel from sea by river to Lough Corrib. Great that UAU have brought up ‘working artefacts’. Far too often these are mistakenly branded as ‘ritual objects’ when in fact they were day-to-day working objects EG: boatman’s axe (likely used for on board/on shore repairs), axe’s kept to fore, oars, etc these are working objects and and not commonly branded ritual objects. The Franciscans were very aware of our Viking/Northmen heritage in Lough Corrib (much of it written out or not included at all). I have lived in Galway for many years, kayaked it, lived in a cottage by its shores and I still marvel at the ancient waterways and how Galway became a Victorian showpiece of 30 mills with c 30 mill races and interlinked waterways. The Northmen of Lake Orbsen brought with them their crafts, boats, objects, trade items many of which lay in the silt of Lough Corrib. Well done Capt Northage and thank you for sharing history.

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