The " fleets " with their quaint medieval warehouses, which come sheer down to the water, and are navigated by barges, have gained for Hamburg the name of " Northern Venice."
Above the town to Oldbridge; and barges of 50 tons burden can proceed 19 m.
The river at present begins to be navigable for barges at Ratibor, where it is about loo ft.
The superintendent of police, who had gone that morning by Count Rostopchin's orders to burn the barges and had in connection with that matter acquired a large sum of money which was at that moment in his pocket, on seeing a crowd bearing down upon him told his coachman to stop.
Wire cables were used in the erection, by which the members were lifted from barges and assembled, the operations being conducted from the side piers.