|The ditch (sluice) was dug and prepared as shown in the diagram below |
when there was no road, or wide trail connecting to the riverdocks.
As seen in the drawing below , the farm utility barge was long and wide
enough to carry the usual load of a medium sized farm wagon. The
sides of the ditch were reinforced with wide wooden boards. The
dimensions of the ditch were approx. 6 ft. wide at the top, 4 1/2 ft. at
the bottom and the water was 2 to 21/2 ft. deep.