Ship Name

Skin boat (7000 BC)


Ancient/Medieval (to 1350)

Year Launched

7000 B.C.

Primary Propulsion

Human energy


Skins sewn together

Historical Note

Identified in Mediterranean written record dating back to 6th century BC. Archaeologists see them as an advancement over the earlier and less technically sophisticated log boat. Currachs used by St. Brendan in 6th century an instance of the type. Still in use on Aran Islands in 1900 (as per J. M. Synge)

Related Vessels

Log boat (7000 BC), Plank boat (1600 BC)

Related Source

The Sea-Craft of Prehistory

Record ID: 262