Wood from the Black Forest, especially masts and other special pieces for shipbuilding, had a ready market in the Netherlands. The wood was floated down the Rhine in rafts. Some of these rafts were as long as 300m (1000 feet), with buildings to accommodate the 500 people required to manage and steer the raft. There was even a slaughterhouse to feed everyone for the several weeks the trip would take.

The rafts were articulated to help them manage curves in the river. As many as 27 rudders on the front and back, each powered by several men, were needed to keep the raft away from the riverbanks. Anchors could be dropped to slow the raft down.

Other goods could be transported on the rafts. Sometimes emigrants worked their passage downriver on the rafts.
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