Sailing barges in Amsterdam

Originating in the 17th century for defence as well as transport, the canals remain an important part of life in Amsterdam. Look back 100 years as you drift up an Amsterdam canal in this archive film.

The evocative black and white movie allows us drift slowly up a canal in Amsterdam, the sides are lined with moored sailing barges and a lone bargee approaches his craft in a rowing boat. People with carts hurry across the bridges . . . Built in the 17th century, the canals remain an important part of life in Amsterdam today.