National Geographic : 1955 Oct
Saigon's Sister Barge Sails Through Soissons Rippling the quiet Aisne River, the steel-hulled peniche passes the spires of the Abbey of Saint Jean des Vignes. German artillerymen damaged this French cloister in 1918 on their final retreat from the city after four years of seesaw fight ing. Following the war, Sois sons was rebuilt from its ruins. Many provision stores like Le Familistere (center) stand at riverside convenient to boat wives. Page 537, lower: French Boy Scouts launch U. S. Army sur plus rafts from their camp site on a lateral canal of the Meuse River in the Ardennes. Canals parallel the Meuse in places because the river is not everywhere deep enough for navigation. Leaving the canal, this barge heads into the river. ', Thierry and Tino Wear Safety Lines Often the boy plays at being a captain like his father and maneuvers his toy boat into imaginary locks. If he follows the barge child's pattern, he will become a deck hand, get mar ried, and take over a boat as skipper. © National Geographic Society Kodachromes by National Geographic Photographer David S. Boyer eC1l.