Stone-boat

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Sledge 2
Ox-drawn sledge carrying firewood.
A Sledge with Pipe of Madeira Wine, MON 1909

A stone-boat is a type of sled (sledge) for moving heavy objects[1] such as stones or hay bales. Originally they were for animal-powered transport used with horses or oxen to clear fields of stones and other uses and may still be used with animals or tractors today .[2]

The device may look like a low-profile sled with timber runners or have a flat bottom of planks secured together to slide over soft ground or snow. They were usually made of wood, but metal versions exist with hinges.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed, Stone-boat
  2. ^ A Cheap Alternative Method for Moving Large Round Bales