April 20, 2021: Passing here in the Gouwekanaal in Gouda is not that bad, but at the narrow passage in Boskoop you sometimes have to wait for each other. Here the LEENDERT-ANGELINA (1939!) and, the departing,GOUWENAAR II (2017). meeting in a “black” and an (almost) “green” canal
One more inland container carrier:
m.v. GOUWENAAR II (2017) leaves the Juliana lock in Gouda with empty containers to pick up new ones in Alphen aan den Rijn. Filled with beer, with the red (Heineken) star in front, they find their way through the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp all over the world. Photos: Willem J.G. Kruiswijk ©
Colourful inland ship with a message:
The ARGIE inbound for Rotterdam passing Maassluis.
Photo: Cees Kloppenburg Maritime photo Maassluis
A towing barge originally had an one horse propulsion. The horse pulling the tow barge followed the towing path close to the water line.
Not a horse in sight on the pictures. There is some kind of drive to be seen underneath the rudder.
No horse, no problem…
You didn’t expect a replica of a traditional Canal Barge built in 2021 to be totally without some sort of propulsion, did you??
Are the tow paths along the Dutch canals still in place and uninterrupted?
No horse, no problem. No propulsion, BIG problem.
The USCG still issues licenses for “Master of Mule Drawn Passenger Barges On the C&O Canal.” It’s a Federal waterway and thus the operators need licenses to run the tourist barges. And a TWIC:
No idea why CNN nad other media kept calling the “mule skinners.”
A network of canals was dug for the transport of goods and persons by the towing barges. In 1839 it was over with the fun due to the introduction of the train.
These days most towing paths have disappeared but substantial stretches are still there although more than 180 years have gone by since the closing of this service. Quite surprising.
Dutch variety of Lift Boat on inland move along rivers and canals::
Skylift 3000 barge SKYLIFT 23 passed Gorinchem enroute to Ravenstein at Deest. Photo : Arie Boer ©
PS> Legs laying on deck to get under bridges enroute.