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. – definition cf. Wikipedia.
Types of known barges are as follows, again, cf. Wikipedia: Accommodation barge, Admiral’s barge, Barracks barge (Houseboat), Canal motorship, Car float, Crane barge, Dutch barge, Dry bulk cargo barge, Hopper barge, Hotel barge, Jackup barge,Lighter and Dumb steel lighter, Liquid cargo barge, Log barge, Norfolk wherry, Oil barge and Dumb steel oil barge, Paddle barge, Pleasure barge, Power barge, Horse-drawn barge, Row barge, Royal barge, Sand barge, Severn trow, Spitz barge, Thames sailing barge, Tom Pudding, Vehicular barge.
What seems to be significant about a barge is that it’s not self propelled. It’s mostly like a boxcar in a freight.
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