Note the massive splash caused by the tremendous weight of the barge.
River barges were constructed out of steel to transport various industrial resources. This barge was launched from wooden rails that allowed the laborers to guide it into the water. Barge towing, done in the past by men or by horses or mules, is now accomplished mostly by steam or motor tugboat or by other, self-propelled barges. The Monongahela River runs north from the confluence of the West Fork and Tygart Rivers at Fairmont, West Virginia. There are currently nine locks and dams on the river.