Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic



This is the electric tug-boat that was used from the 19th century to tow barges through the 3 kilometre long Pouilly Tunnel on the Burgundy Canal.  The ventilation was so bad in those days that barges were not permitted to pass through the tunnel under their own power.  Now, since the tunnel has been brought up to European safety standards, the tugboat leads a more peaceful existence in a museum of its own.  For more information on this click on the Burgundy Tunnel.

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About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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15 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

  1. Anita says:

    Sweet retirement after a hard-working life! 🙂


  2. Nice shots, Sandra. We were in Beaune today and what a beautiful place it is! Not long until Tuesday. 🙂



    • Sandra says:

      It’s a shame you’re not seeing France in brilliant sunshine, Janet. But it’s starting to improve from today and should be glorious on Tuesday. See you then.


  3. aj vosse says:

    Cute… unique!! I love barges and it great to see a special one of a kind preserved and not cut up and sold as scrap! 😉


  4. What an amazing history! Thanks for sharing this with us, Sandra. Cheers, Dave.


  5. suyashchopra says:

    How interesting photos. Shadows of structure falling on the ground give the photos a very appealing look. Thanks for sharing.

    Do visit my ‘relics’ as we’ll 😉

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  6. Sandra, With the tug resting on that flat surface, it’s easy to imagine how it looked in the water. Good photos. 🙂 —Susan


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  9. Great piece of history – thanks Sandra. Hope you are doing well.


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