In the 1800's, long wooden boats were "poled" in the treacherous, rocky waters of The James River, transporting other passengers and goods downriver from Lynchburg to Richmond. The passenger boats were known as "packets" while the poled boats transporting rye whiskey, hogsheads of tobacco, flour, and other trading products were known as "bateaux". Sluiceways and other evidence of this long forgotten activity may still be found while floating the river. from www.jamesriver.com/teacher.htm
Each year recreated batteaus drift down the James River to Richmond. Batteaus are old flat bottom river boats that use to run the tobacco trade from Lynchburg to Richmond. How do people get into this? Well, they just get together and build one.
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A set of pictures of these Bateaux can be found here: www.flickr.com/photos/lynchburgvirginia/sets/721575941691...