Friday, February 25, 2011

Ferry was "Water-Powered"

From W.P Davies Newspaper Columns,
Chester Fritz Library Digital Collections
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It's fascinating to read the above article that includes information on the Red River ferry that once connected St. Vincent and Pembina.

The method Davies alludes to in the article, must have been a rudder (possibly used in conjunction with a tiller control)  that was pushed along by the current, and the ropes were just used to guide it in the desired direction, instead of using a more common pulley system...

Heading to the St. Vincent side of the Red River...