National Geographic : 1940 Feb
©A.B.C. Press Service from Black Star LITTLE TUGS AND GREAT BARGES WEAVE A PATTERN OF TRAFFIC THROUGH NETHERLAND WATERWAYS Grain and tropical products from overseas bound for Germany and Switzerland, coal and ore for the Ruhr, and numerous other imported goods aretowed along canals and up the Rhine in peacetime. Downstream come fertilizers, steel, and manufactured goods. In carryingthis international traffic, theWaal isthemost important of the streams into which the Rhine splits up after reaching the Netherlands. On the stern of each barge isatidy home forthebarge keeper's family.