[From ManxNoteBook vol i,1885]

Antiquarian Notes



days, but it had, at the last moment, to be abandoned, as so few of the Manx Club were found willing to quit their native shores.

In No. i of THE MANX NOTE BOOK, P. 30, the discovery of a canoe at Ballakaighen, German, was recorded, and its chief dimensions given. Its preservation is due to the intelligence and promptitude of a son of the tenant of the farm, Mr. J. Cain, who on opening out a portion of it, while draining, at once conjectured that it was a canoe, and refused to allow it to be cut through, preferring to "spend a fortnight in digging round it than to run the risk of destroying it." Such intelligence is most praiseworthy, and it is to be hoped that all Manxmen, in Mr. Cain's position, will act with the same caution under like circumstances; for it is a melancholy fact that many an antiquity is thoughtlessly injured or destroyed on first seeing the light after its long ages of burial, through the carelessness of the finder. It is almost certain that the canoe was "on the stocks " when discovered, as it had been left on the very point of completion, ages ago. This site has been already partially explored, and a thoroughly patient and intelligent investigation wjuld amply repay the trouble and expense involved. The Spot is 200 feet above the present sea level, but within a short distance of the shore, about a quarter of the mile south of Glen Cam, on the edge of the railway cutting. (Vide Illustration.)



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