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Barque du Leman, 19th century.

Barque du Leman, 19th century.
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actual image size: 23cm x 32cm


Model. These barges from Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) were used in the stone-carrying trade and are the most northerly example of the lateen rig in ordinary use in Europe. They were usually 90 ft long and 21 ft wide, with a capacity to carry 60 tons of stone. The broad shallow hull was carvel-built. The clipper-like bow projected high above the water, while when the vesel was fully laden the transom stern was practically awash. There were projecting beams which served as a platform to punt a becalmed vesel along the shores of the lake.

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