La Roque-GageacVous voici, place de Tarde!
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Here you are, instead of Tarde!From this choice site among elegant exotic garden you can find on your left the Domme and right Castle Castlenaud. Between these two exceptional sites, a bend of the Dordogne where vou can see, in the summer, the boats sail.
This little river (compared to its neighbor the Garonne) was navigable waters especially strong to avoid the pitfalls that could hide (trees, rocks, streams, riffles ...). When the Dordogne was navigable, it was said that the waters were "market."Boatman was a dangerous business: men should be as clever as courageous. Given the frequent accidents: boats sunk, stranded, boatmen were often rather superstitious ...
Boats traveling the river were called "garbares", "batelets", "ridges" or "shoppers". Their name was based on their size and the tonnage of cargo they carried.The descent could begin at Argentat (Corr?ze, city upstream from which they could leave) and ended at Bourdeaux-Libourne, When the boats were not dismantled [for their lumber] after their arrival, they would returned up the river.
The ascent began at Bordeaux Libourne (starting was with the arrival of high tide) and did not go beyond Souillac (Lot), the barges were winched with a team of animal or human power (the latter practice was prohibited in the nineteenth century because of problems brignadage). One then used the towpaths immediately bordering the river, right or left side depending on their feasibility. This required an easement from the landowners bordering the river pass allowing these teams over a certain width and forbade any obstruction on this passage (trees, barriers ...).The goods were varied depending on the descent or ascent. To go to Bordeaux Libourne boats were loaded with timber, staves, grapevine poles, wine, or even personal belongings of a loved destination for example. Favored for the ascent of the craft, merchandise rare locally such as salt.
A number of activities depended on and developed with the river trade. This ranged from shipwrights (who made the barges), the timber merchants, hotels and many other businesses. This small economy in this way animated the countryside.
Competition, which came with the arrival of the railway in Sarlat July 2, 1882, gradually resulted in disappearance of the river trades. In 1937 a boat went up for the last time until the channel Mauzac.Today from Tuili?re upstream the river is no longer considered navigable and commercial. You will see the barges carrying visitors and families on a tour, enjoying stunning views of the picturesque villages bordering the Dordogne. This is a way to relive that time.]
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|Date Added||Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 11:25pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||31T E 356440 N 4965177|
|Decimal Degrees||44.82556667, 1.18403333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 44° 49.534', E 1° 11.042'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||44° 49' 32.04" N, 1° 11' 2.52" E|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 7-9 Les Côtes, La Roque-Gageac Aquitaine 24250, FR|
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