Snik or barge. With hunter and horse. 1895-1905
Photographic reproduction. From the collection of Groninger Archives

About the tow barges in the 17the and 18the century, unfortunately, not much is known. A ferryboat in Groningen is called snik (ke). In the second half of the 19the century the farrie and barge came into use in Groningen.

a.Snik
The gasp was originally a wooden boat. On the foredeck was the tow mast to which the towing line (liene) was attached. Sometimes the mast was movable and there was both a large and a small mast on board. The gasp was rather primitive at first. Later the boat was made covered, but a deckhouse was only required from 1742. Traveling was not very comfortable: in a small space without ventilation, around a grease candle. In the 19the century the barge became bigger and there was a separate part for the better position, the first, more expensive, class on board. The common people sat at the rour (rudder) or in the front (front). Luggage was kept in the fame (hold).

b.Farrie
This boat had a high canopy cabin with round or square windows. For the skipper a fore and aft deck. In the cabin there were wooden benches, with cushions, in the middle a table. There were games, such as a checkerboard or domino.

c.Barge
An iron barge with a straight, steep bow and a round stern. The boat had a spacious, straight cabin, a small fore and aft deck. It was pulled by two horses. Warffum also had a barge, made in 1880 or 1881.

  

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