A craft on the Severn at Ironbridge, with the famous Iron Bridge in the background. Turn the clock back to the 18th century, 1756 to be precise and the river would have been bustling with many trows trading here. In that year it is estimated that 100,000 tons of coal were moved from here as cargo on the trows. Other cargoes handled were iron, lead and ceramics, with timber and china clay brought here from the likes of Gloucester.
The closest vessel looking like the one in the photograph is the coracle. A strange looking small boat which has been in use since the Saxon period.