A barge is a flat-bottomed boat, built mainly for river and canal transport of heavy goods. Some barges are not self-propelled and need to be towed or pushed by towboats. Canal barges, towed by draft animals on an adjacent towpath, contended with the railway in the early industrial revolution, but were outcompeted in the carriage of high-value items due to the higher speed, falling costs, and route flexibility of rail.

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Famous quotes containing the word barge:

    The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne
    Burned on the water. The poop was beaten gold;
    Purple the sails, and so perfumed that
    The winds were love-sick with them. The oars were silver,
    Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made
    The water which they beat to follow faster,
    As amorous of their strokes.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    Thou stately stream that with the swelling tide
    ‘Gainst London walls incessantly dost beat,
    Thou Thames, I say, where barge and boat doth ride,
    And snow-white swans do fish for needful meat:
    George Turberville (1821–1873)

    We are afloat
    On our dreams as on a barge made of ice,
    Shot through with questions and fissures of starlight
    That keep us awake, thinking about the dreams
    As they are happening. Some occurrence. You said it.
    John Ashbery (b. 1927)