These may have been the ancient Britons
whom Caesar fought when he first came to our shore.
I had not then seen a coracle, such as the ancient Britons
made, but I have seen one since, and I can give you no fairer idea of Ben Gunn's boat than by saying it was like the first and the worst coracle ever made by man.
On the other hand, if you showed an Ancient Briton
a revolver, I doubt if he would know it was a weapon-- until it was fired into him, of course.