Postcard - Ponto

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Le Teich, France

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Although the Ponto was also described as a flat-bottomed craft, a sort of very common raft which served to join two shores with a system of ropes and pulleys, a ferry in short, the other “Ponto”, of “Pont “, Was a fairly massive freighter which was distinguished from the oneraria by a rostrum and often a figure of added prow. The Ponto had in addition to a rostrum of protection against collisions from the front, two masts with sails of large dimension (no paddle was embarked, the Ponto walked only with the force of the wind), the bowsprit Being more than a mere boost of maneuvering. For the rest, this cargo had the same characteristics as the classic Roman cargo, its name probably coming from the fact that it was bridged, but possibly also with a flatter bottom to go up the rivers. As the decoration was very sober, we found the eternal figure of stern in swan neck but this time a figure of prow evoking a animal more rough, in connection with the rostrum, such a bull, a goat or even a wild boar…

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