I've seen this type of barge on TV programmes about Alaska. Think they are ideal for the work they do, putting cargo ashore on any suitable beach. The development of WW2 landing craft certainly didn't go amiss.
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When the winds before the rain, soon you may make sail again, but when the rain's before the wind, tops'l sheets and halyards mind
Photo by Paul Lantz. 2009 May 19th: Barge Manitou II docked at Moosonee. This barge travels back and forth between Moosonee and Moose Factory. source: http://www.paullantz.com/.../Moosonee-River.../i-ZR9JcvG