National Geographic : 1919 Sep
HOUSE-BOATS AND CARGO-BOATS ON THE GRAND CANAL: CHINA Once the Grand Canal was a nine hundred mile highway over which the tribute of an empire was borne to the capital at Peking. Then came coast steamers and railways, and the Grand Canal, silting up from year to year, lost much of its former glory. But in China, wind-power on small sails is cheap and the man-power at the heavy oars is little dearer, so an American corporation is soon to begin dredging the Grand Canal. Photographs by C. D. Jameson NO DONKEY ENGINES OR ELECTRIC TRAMS TO OPERATE THE LOCKS OR TOW VESSELS ON THE GRAND CANAL The natives, young and old, male and female, take their places at the heavy stone-set capstans. A boat is seen almost through the gates of a lock.