Until modern times the city was built largely on floating pontoons or on piles at the edges of the innumerable canals and water-courses which formed the thoroughfares, but to meet the requirements of modern life, well-planned roads and streets have been constructed in all directions, crossing the old canals at many points and lined with well-built houses, for the most part of brick, in which the greater part of the erstwhile riparian population now resides.
A battle was fought on the Canal banks, and some Turkish detachments succeeded in launching pontoons on the Canal itself.
" Floating " bridges are roadways carried on pontoons moored in a stream.
(5) Floating Bridges, the roadway being carried on z pontoons moored in the% stream.
In length, each supported by two pontoons placed 64 ft.
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