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At the beginning there were two canals: Canal Forth and Clyde was built in 1777 between harbors Grangemouth and Falkirk connecting Glasgow with west cost of Scotland. Canal Union between Falkirk and Edinburgh was finished in 1822.

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At the beginning there were two canals

At the beginning there were two canals:

Canal Forth and Clyde was built in 1777 between harbors Grangemouth and Falkirk connecting Glasgow with west cost of Scotland.

Canal Union between Falkirk and Edinburgh was finished in 1822.

Because of geographical difficulties, which created a difference of 79ft.in elevation, the two canals were connected by 11 locks.


At the beginning there were two canals

In 1963, after 150 yrs of existence of this water way with 11 locks the construction of a huge water carousel started. This extraordinary idea was finished in 2002 and became a symbol of Scotland. This invention saves not only time but also energy.


At the beginning there were two canals

This is the only rotational boat transporter in the world. It has two arms and each arm forms a kind of huge tub filled with water. Boats enter the tub, then the tub locks up and the huge arm starts rotating .


At the beginning there were two canals

lower canal


At the beginning there were two canals

Entrance to lower canal


At the beginning there were two canals

A Boat is approaching the “tub”


At the beginning there were two canals

35 m

There are boats in both “tubs” upper and lower


At the beginning there were two canals

Rotation is starting


At the beginning there were two canals

Boats in both rotating arms


At the beginning there were two canals

rotation


At the beginning there were two canals

Otáčení...


At the beginning there were two canals

Just before “landing”


At the beginning there were two canals

Closing the gate , regulation of level of water and “tubs” rotation

Takes 15 min. only.


At the beginning there were two canals

One “tub” 78ft. Long with water and boat weights about 300 tons.


At the beginning there were two canals

The “tubs” are filled according the Archimedes’ Law.

So the weight of “tubs” are balanced.

To open the upper and lower lock and turn the whole system

by 180◦ they need an engine of 22.5 kW which only use 1.5 kWh


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