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  On water, a much larger load could be pulled by one horse. A packhorse on the roads could carry about 180 kg. A horse pulling a cart could carry a maximum of 2 tonnes. A canal or river boat could carry 50 tonnes and still be pulled by just one horse. This was a tremendous advantage of water transport, especially for heavy goods like coal or stone. Small drawing of cart, packhorse, and boat.
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