Portage

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Portage or portaging ( Canada: ; ) is the practice of carrying water craft or cargo over land, either around an obstacle in a river, or between two bodies of water.wikipedia
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Portage railway

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Over time, important portages were sometimes provided with canals with locks, and even portage railways.
A portage railway is a short and possibly isolated section of railway used to bypass a section of unnavigable river or between two water bodies which are not directly connected.

Methye Portage

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Portages can be many kilometers in length, such as the 19 km Methye Portage and the 8.5 mi Grand Portage (both in North America) often covering hilly or difficult terrain.
The Methye Portage or Portage La Loche in northwestern Saskatchewan was one of the most important portages in the old fur trade route across Canada.

Voyageurs

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Historically, voyageurs often employed tump lines on their heads to carry loads on their backs.
For example, they had to be able to carry two 90 lb bundles of fur over portages.

Grand Portage National Monument

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Portages can be many kilometers in length, such as the 19 km Methye Portage and the 8.5 mi Grand Portage (both in North America) often covering hilly or difficult terrain.
The Grand Portage is an 8.5 mi (2720 rod) footpath which bypasses a set of waterfalls and rapids on the last 20 mi of the Pigeon River before it flows into Lake Superior.

York boat

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The canoe was carried overland by two or four men (the heavier York boats had to be dragged overland on rollers) The cargo was divided into standard 90 lb packs or pièces with each man responsible for about six.
That advantage became a disadvantage, though, when portaging was necessary.

Canoe pack

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One portage or canoe pack would be carried by a tumpline and one on the back (strangulated hernia was a common cause of death).
A canoe pack, also known as a portage pack, is a specialized type of backpack used primarily where travel is largely by water punctuated by portages where the gear needs to be carried over land.

Canoe

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The Native Americans carried their canoes over land to avoid river obstacles.
Marathons are long-distance races which may include portages.

Isthmus of Corinth

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The Diolkos was a paved trackway in Ancient Greece which enabled boats to be moved overland across the Isthmus of Corinth between the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf.
He abandoned the project owing to technical difficulties, and instead constructed a simpler and less costly overland stone ramp, named Diolkos, as a portage road.

Trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks

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After Varangian and Khazar power in Eastern Europe waned, Slavic merchants continued to use the portages along the Volga trade route and the Dnieper trade route.
The majority of the route comprised a long-distance waterway, including the Baltic Sea, several rivers flowing into the Baltic Sea, and rivers of the Dnieper river system, with portages on the drainage divides.

Tumpline

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Historically, voyageurs often employed tump lines on their heads to carry loads on their backs. One portage or canoe pack would be carried by a tumpline and one on the back (strangulated hernia was a common cause of death).

Volokolamsk

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The names of the towns Volokolamsk and Vyshny Volochek may be translated as "the portage on the Lama River" and "the little upper portage", respectively (volok means "portage" in Russian, derived from the verb "to drag").
It was built by Novgorodian merchants on a 5 km portage on a waterway from Novgorod to Moscow and Ryazan, hence the name "Volokolamsk" (i.e., "Volok on the Lama").

Sarkel

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The Khazars built the fortress of Sarkel to guard a key portage between the Volga and the Don.
Alexander Vasiliev and George Vernadsky, among others, argue that Sarkel was built to defend a vital portage between the Don and the Volga from the Rus' Khaganate.

Chicago Portage

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The passage between the Chicago and Des Plaines Rivers was through a short swamp portage which seasonally flooded and it is thought that a channel gradually developed unintentionally from the dragging of the boat bottoms.
The Chicago Portage is a water gap, and in the past a sometime wind-gap portage, connecting the watersheds (BrE: drainage basins) and the navigable waterways of the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes.

Cherdyn Route

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In the 16th century, the Russians used river portages to get to Siberia (see Cherdyn Road).
It started in Cherdyn west of the Urals and followed a number of rivers and portages, from the Vishera through the Lozva and the Tavda to the Tobol River.

Tarbert

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Tarbert is a common place name in Scotland and Ireland indicating the site of a portage.
The reason for this is that all tarberts are in fact located at or near old portage sites.

Vyshny Volochyok

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The names of the towns Volokolamsk and Vyshny Volochek may be translated as "the portage on the Lama River" and "the little upper portage", respectively (volok means "portage" in Russian, derived from the verb "to drag").
The portage between the Tsna and the Tvertsa existed from the medieval times as confirmed by archaeological artifacts found in the area.

Dnieper

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In the 8th, 9th and 10th centuries, Viking merchant-adventurers exploited a network of waterways in Eastern Europe, with portages connecting the four most important rivers of the region: Volga, Western Dvina, Dnieper, and Don.
On the Dnieper the Varangians had to portage their ships round seven rapids, where they had to be on guard for Pecheneg nomads.

Des Plaines River

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The passage between the Chicago and Des Plaines Rivers was through a short swamp portage which seasonally flooded and it is thought that a channel gradually developed unintentionally from the dragging of the boat bottoms.
Native Americans used the river as transportation route and portage.

Gnezdovo

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At the most important portages (such as Gnezdovo) there were trade outposts inhabited by a mixture of Norse merchants and native population.
Gnyozdovo is situated downstream from the Dvina–Dnieper portages, at a point where the Svinets and several small waterways empty into the Dnieper.

Auckland

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The most famous ones are located in Auckland, where there remain two 'Portage Road's in separate parts of the city.
In earlier times, portage paths crossed the narrowest sections of the isthmus.

Seven Carries

Recreational canoeing routes often include portages between lakes, for example, the Seven Carries route in Adirondack Park.
Despite the name, the route consists of only six carries, or portages.

Chicago River

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The passage between the Chicago and Des Plaines Rivers was through a short swamp portage which seasonally flooded and it is thought that a channel gradually developed unintentionally from the dragging of the boat bottoms.
Marquette returned in 1674, camped a few days near the mouth of the river, then moved on to the Chicago River–Des Plaines River portage, where he stayed through the winter of 1674–75.

Lama River

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The names of the towns Volokolamsk and Vyshny Volochek may be translated as "the portage on the Lama River" and "the little upper portage", respectively (volok means "portage" in Russian, derived from the verb "to drag").
The city of Volokolamsk that has been standing on the Lama River since the 12th century was previously known as Volok Lamsky (literally - Drag of Lama) after the process of a watercraft portage.

Canadian English

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Portage or portaging ( Canada: ; ) is the practice of carrying water craft or cargo over land, either around an obstacle in a river, or between two bodies of water.

New France

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Early French explorers in New France and French Louisiana encountered many rapids and cascades.