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Friday, July 27, 2018

Scotland - Falkirk Wheel

This is truly amazing...
I didn't know about boat lifts but the idea can be traced back to a design based on balanced water filled caissons in a book that was written in 1777. A similar design was used for lifts on Britain's Grand Western Canal in 1835.  The ship lift at China's Three Gorges Dam, completed in January 2016, is 370 feet high and able to lift vessels of up to 3,000 tons displacement
The Falkirk Wheel connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. The lift is named after Falkirk, the town in which it is located. It opened in 2002 and reconnects the two canals for the first time since the 1930s.

You can't see it from this angle but there's a boat in the left arm of the lift.


Where the canal feeds into the wheel

The lock holding the water in the basin

Here's a canal boat preparing to load for a trip down the canal

The canal leaves the wheel to continue downstream but there's a bridge coming up.

It's a bridge that swivels out of the way.

Boat entering the wheel

Looks like the barricades came up so the wheel can start to turn.

A boat loads into the upper part of the wheel

And another loads on the lower arm.

And within 5 minutes, they've changed places.

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