1827G. ThompsonTrav. 307Ponts, or floating bridges, are used with great success on the Berg and Breede Rivers.
1835A. SteedmanWanderingsI. 92Bending our course..to the Pont, a raft constructed for the purpose of conveying waggons across the river, and continuing our journey until past mid-night, we again uitspanned.
1856R.E.E. WilmotDiary (1984) 12Not until an hour had been spent in trying to smoke in the cold wind did we see the pont emerge from the darkness and approach our bank.
1872C.A. PaytonDiamond Diggings 9A little above the ferry is the ‘pont’, an immense flat-bottomed decked boat, for the conveyance of waggons and carts, with horses, mules, or oxen, when the river is so high that the ordinary passage by the ‘drift’, or ford..is not practicable.
1886G.A. FariniThrough Kalahari Desert 8The coach was driven down to the pont (Anglice, ferry, or floating bridge) — a flat bottomed scow, attached by a pulley-block to a wire stretched tightly across the river.
1937H. KleinStage Coach Dust 20The pont was so successful that it was used day and night, travellers preferring to pay the toll than go by the longer route.
1955A. DeliusYoung Trav. in S. Afr. 153At a river crossing we came to where there were a whole lot of Bantu men singing in deep fine voices as they pulled a car across on a pont (ferry).
1957L.G. GreenBeyond City Lights 232Many a wagon went into the stream, but that was not so serious. When a motor-car slips off the pont, the owner has a great deal more to worry about. One cannot really mourn the passing of the pont.
1961T.V. BulpinWhite Whirlwind 19The pont held 100 men with their impedimenta. It was capable of three trips an hour.
1987Personality 4 Nov. 29‘It’s a question of developing a knack so that you know how to take the strain of the pulling chain and gauge the movement of the currents rather than brute strength that is needed to pull a pont successfully,’ he tells me.
1991M. Holmes inE. Prov. Herald 17 May 27Travel via Kei Mouth. The pont at the river mouth operates daily from dawn to dusk. It easily takes a vehicle and trailer or boat and saves several hours of travel.
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