The Confederates established agencies in England for the purchase of arms, which they despatched in ordinary merchant vessels to the Bahamas, whence they were transhipped into fast steamers especially constructed for the purpose.
Native boats, as a rule, prefer the canal route to the turbulent waters of the Yangtsze, their cargoes being transhipped at Shasi across the embankment into river boats.
All cargo to or from Szech`uen is here transhipped from steamer to junk, or vice versd.
Foreign and colonial merchandise transhipped was valued at £989,289 in 1889 and at £746,246 in 1903.
Below Honda, where goods are transhipped by rail to the latter place, and thence by pack animals to Bogota, or by smaller boats to points farther up the river.