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A form of boating in a flat-bottomed rectangular boat, in which a pole is used to propel and direct the vessel on the river. Although it was a work-based competitive activity among watermen of the River Thames in London in the late 18th century, it became popular as a sport among amateurs of the elite classes from the mid 19th century. Punting in the 20th century is a lucrative form of tourism in the English university cities of Oxford and Cambridge, where leisurely punts along the river afford views of the architecture of the colleges of the ancient universities, and evoke bucolic pastimes redolent of a privileged past.

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