About 20 miles from my home is the Quoile river. These remains are the keel and ribs of a boat called The Hilda, apparently named after the daughter of the celebrated Irish nationalist, Charles Stuart Parnell. She was one of half a dozen such boats used for ferrying coal in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries up the river. Hilda was a wooden sailing vessel with a small petrol or paraffin engine for back-up. She was set on fire in 1922.
This is her legacy.. Wood and nails. Such is the way of our increasingly throwaway world.

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