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Barge   A long, flat-bottomed boat used to transport goods along rivers and canals. Early barges were towed by horses on a path beside the water. Modern barges are self-propelled or pulled by tugboats.

Barque   An ocean-going sailing ship used to carry cargo in the 18th century. Despite its large size, it could be operated by a small crew. The largest sailing ship ever was a barque called the France II, built in 1911. 

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