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Harbor areas were a big lure to railroads for sending and receiving merchandise. The major US seaports along both coasts hosted a number of railroads. The New York Harbor had 6 railroads approach it through New Jersey and one via the east shore of the Hudson River. The railroads on the New Jersey side carried the lion's share of the freight into the NY metropolitan area. There was only1 railroad with a tunnel from NJ into Manhattan, but it was only used for carrying passenger traffic So, in order to get the goods from the west side of the river into New York City, the railroads had to float their cargoes across the Hudson. The railroad "navy's" developed a wide variety of watercraft to move their tonnage, referred to as lighterage, around the harbor. They developed car floats, some with a loading dock central to the float, where cargo could be worked. The floats carried cars back and forth from the Jersey side to a number of stations in Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island. They also used covered barges, some self-propelled, to move cargo they had to protect, from the railroad wharves to other stations and ships in the harbor, These barges carried their cargoes inside the hull of the watercraft. The scows carried cargo on their decks. Some had a cabin on the deck for a "captain", actually more of a watchman. These were Cabin Scows. Others, like this kit, just tied their cargo on the deck. And they were all conveyed around the harbor by railroad owned tugboats. I found a deck scow kit for use on my Harlem Transfer. Some deck scows had a mast and boom setup to haul deck cargo and winch it to a receiver. These were called stick lighters. I'd like to do it up as a stick lighter, since my modeled railroad had a number of these craft.