Unpowered Great Lakes vessels, usually a fully loaded schooner, barge, or steamer barge,towed by a larger steamer that would often tow more than one barge. The consort system was used in the Great Lakes from the 1860s to around 1920.

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BARGE CARRIERS

Ships designed to carry barges.

SPRITTIE

A spritsail rigged barge

BIT HEAD

The top of two massive timbers that support the windlass on a sailing barge.

SAILORMAN

London term for sailing barge, or a bargeman.

BARGEMASTER

The captain of a barge

SWIMMIE

A barge with a square overhanging bow, like a swimhead lighter. aka muffies.

STUMPIE

A barge without a topmast, or a tops'l barge underway with out her topsails set.

BOOMIE

A ketch rigged barge with gaff (instead of spritsail) and boom on main and mizzen. Booms'l rig could also refer to cutter rigged early barges.

CAR FLOAT

An unpowered barge with railroad tracks mounted on its deck, used to move railroad cars across water obstacles.

RAIL BARGE

An unpowered barge with railroad tracks mounted on its deck, used to move railroad cars across water obstacles.

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