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Flatners .....Turf Boats..... Withy Boats ....... Weston Super Mare Boats .....Bridgwater barges
 
Bridgwater Barges may not look like flatners, but the construction is basically the same - but bigger.
They were up to 60 feet long and used for carrying general goods on the local waterways.
They were also used to load and unload freighters in Bridgwater as the original bridge there prevented ships going any further upriver.
 
 

 

Typical arrangement of a Bridgwater Barge, from a drawing by Edward Paget-Tomlinson.

Family day out on the River Tone.

 

Withy bundles being loaded on a barge.

 

An original woodcut advertisement for the Bridgwater to Taunton Canal.