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A large wooden vessel with a crew of up to a dozen men, used on the river Madeira (widely known as the ‘long cemetery’) in Brazil to transport rubber from Bolivia to the Amazon, whence it was shipped abroad. They each carried about 10 tons of latex, and were strongly constructed to withstand the dangers of the nineteen cataracts of the 400-kilometre (250-m.) stretch of the river between Guajare-Merim and San Antonio. Mortality among the crews of the bateloes was heavy, mainly from fevers.

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