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Though not so large as formerly, these timber rafts are still sometimes 400 or 500 ft.
The rafts used are the so-called kelleks, of wood supported on inflated skins, which are broken up at Bagdad, the wood sold and the skins carried back by caravan.
From Jalalabad downwards the river is navigable by boats or rafts of inflated skins, and is considerably used for purposes of commerce.
It is a rapid river of considerable volume, and below Erzingan is navigable, down stream, for rafts.
Taking a northerly course, it quits the mountains at Immenstadt, and, flowing by Kempten, from which point it is navigable for rafts, forms for some distance the boundary between Bavaria and Wurttemberg, and eventually strikes the Danube (right bank) just above Ulm.Advertisement
Besides the Oder and its affluents, the chief of which are the Peene, the Ucker and the Ihna, there are several smaller rivers flowing into the Baltic; a few of these are navigable for ships, but the greater number only carry rafts.
Equally ancient are the rafts called kellek, constructed of inflated goat-skins, covered with a framework of wood, often supporting a small house for passengers, which descend the Tigris from above Diarbekr.
The wood of these rafts is sold in Bagdad, and constitutes, in fact, the chief supply of wood in that city.
Many of them live on the borders of the Mekong and the great lake, in huts built upon piles or floating rafts.
The whole island is strewn with natural basaltic prisms, some of great size; and of this material, brought by boats or rafts from a distance of 30 m.Advertisement
But some were in the island long before the arrival of the whites, and must consequently have been brought by native vessels or on rafts.
Swollen by the melting of the winter snows and by heavy rains in the mountains, it is frequently a torrent, and is thus, except in the last few miles, unnavigable for either boats or rafts.
Single tree trunks sent down to the Rhine by the various tributaries are united into small rafts as they reach the main stream; and these again are fastened together to form one large raft about Andernach.
It is navigable for small steamboats up to Heilbronn, for boats up to Cannstatt, and for rafts from Rottweil.
Among the lesser manufactures are lumber and timber products (value in 1905, $5,610,772), most of the raw material being floated down on rafts from Wisconsin and Minnesota.Advertisement
The former difficulties with the Des Moines Rapids of the Mississippi (which are passable for rafts and light boats at high water) have been overcome by a canal from Keokuk to Montrose constructed by the National Government.
The same may be said of the Gulf states tribes, although they added rafts made of reed.
Poor dugouts and rafts, made by tying reeds together, constituted the water-craft of California and Mexico until Central America is reached.
Lumber rafts are floated down the Bistritza to the Sereth, and so on to Galatz.
It consists of fourteen rafts, 105 ft.Advertisement
The pairs of rafts are joined by three baulks 15 ft.
Coxcoxtli used the help of the Aztecs against the Xochimilco people; but his own nation, horrified at their bloodthirsty sacrifice of prisoners, drove them out to the islands and swamps of the great salt lagoon, where they are said to have taken to making their chinampas or floating gardens of mud heaped on rafts of reeds and brush, which in later times were so remarkable a feature of Mexico.
A town was founded in 1833, the Pennsylvania Canal (no longer in use here) was completed to this point in 1834, and the name of the place was suggested by two canal locks and the harbour, or haven, for rafts in the river.
It is at the head of the navigation of the Tigris, which is traversed down stream by keleks or rafts supported by inflated skins.
The foreign boulders of granite, gneiss, &c., found in the coalmeasures of some districts, are quite as likely to have been dropped by rafts of vegetation as to have been carried by floating icebergs.Advertisement
Thousands of rafts and boats of all descriptions descend the stream every year with cargoes of corn, wool, timber and wooden wares, giving occupation to a large number of men.
The Wieprz (180 m.), a right-hand tributary of the Vistula, is the chief artery of the Lublin government; it is navigable for small boats and rafts for 105 m.
Thousands of steamers are now employed in the traffic, to say nothing of smaller boats and rafts.
Large numbers of the boats and rafts are broken up after a single voyage.
Navigation extends as far up as Dorogobuzh, where the depth is about 12 ft., and rafts are floated down from the higher reaches.
Here a cable, stretched across the river, catches all the timber, which is then made up into rafts and floated down to Kado, near Moulmein, where the revenue is collected.
The scene presents to a European eye a panorama of singular novelty and interest - rice fields covered with water to a great depth; the ears of grain floating on the surface; the stupendous embankments, which restrain without altogether preventing the excesses of the inundations; and peasants going out to their daily work with their cattle in canoes or on rafts.
There are five bad passes, due to the accumulation of trees and rafts of timber.
He fitted out three rafts, in August 1870, and descended this whole series of rapids and cascades from the Rio Chinchipe to Borja.
It is not navigable, except for rafts.
Above Agram the Save is used chiefly for floating rafts of timber; east of Sissek it is navigable by small steamboats, but, despite its great volume, the multitude of its perpetually shifting sandbanks interferes greatly with traffic. Steamers also ply on the Una, the Drave below Barcs, and the Danube.
All these rivers are navigable by praus or rafts for only a few miles above the mouth.
The State shaman did not accompany the procession downstream, leaving the escort of the spirit rafts with their grisly freight to his assistant.
Three more children were rescued the next morning, but others, seen on makeshift rafts down the coast, were never found.
The mink rafts contain clay pads which are used to take prints of animals visiting the floating rafts.
The structure of lipid rafts, however, is very poorly understood.
More serious paddlers can take to the water in traditional white-water inflatable rafts.
Army scuba diving teams in inflatable rafts had rescued around 244 people, including children, from flooded neighborhoods by mid-morning.
People fished from reed rafts using lines and nets and collected shellfish.
When at last they were driven to the Strait they would drift over on rafts or in clumsy shallops; being thereafter left in peace to concentrate their race, then possibly only in an approximately pure state, in the island to which the Dravidians would not take the trouble to follow them, and where they would have centuries in which once more to fix their racial type and emphasize over again those differences, perhaps temporarily marred by crossing, which were found to exist on the arrival of the Whites.
Canoes of bent bark, for the inland waters, are hastily prepared at need; but the inlets and straits of the north-eastern sea-coast are navigated by larger canoes and rafts of a better construction.
According to the scouts the last of them crossed on rafts during the night.
Men are tossing overboard rafts, lifebelts, benches, pieces of wood, anything that will float.
Float silently past rafts of penguins or cruise inside a sunken volcanic crater.
Inflatable rafts, although designed to lounge on in a pool, are also popular when turned into toys and used as barriers to fend off flying beach balls or other airborne pool toys.
Circular shaped rafts or swim tubes that can be worn around children’s waists and have the heads of animals and imaginary creatures are favorites.
Its rapid current does not permit of extensive navigation, but timber rafts are floated down from above Innsbruck.
A sufficient length of cable to reach the shore or the cable-house is paid overboard and coiled on a raft or rafts, or on the deck of a steam-launch, in order to be connected with the shore.
Above that point there is no navigation except by the native rafts (kellek), which descend the river and are broken up on arrival at their point of destination.
Light boats and rafts are floated at all points, and steamers ply on its lower portion; its estuary has important fisheries.
Dvina, and the Pripet, both very important for navigation - as well as several smaller tributaries on which rafts are floated; on the left the Sozh, the Desna, one of the most important rivers of Russia, navigated by steamers as far as Bryansk, the Sula, the Psiol and the Vorskla.
Steamers ascend this river as far as Bilyutai, near the Mongolian frontier, and bring back tea, imported via Kiakhta, while grain, cedar nuts, salt, soda, wool and timber are shipped on rafts down the Khilok, Chikoi and Uda (tributaries of the Selenga), and manufactured goods are taken up the river for export to China.
One of the most interesting features of the Rhine navigation is afforded by the huge rafts of timber that are floated down the river.
On reaching Dort the rafts are broken up and sold, a single raft sometimes producing as much as £30,000.
Many miles of inland water communication with small boats or bamboo rafts are afforded by the Pampanga, Agno, Abra, Pasig and Bicol rivers in Luzon, and by the Agusan and Rio Grande de Mindanao in Mindanao.