A Slightly Odd Canal In Poland Where They Move Ships Over Land

Elbląg Canal is a canal in Poland in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, 80.5 km in length, which runs southward from Lake Drużno, to the river Drwęca and lake Jeziorak.

It can accommodate small vessels up to 50 tons displacement. One one section there is no water, and the vessels are transported to the other side with a special mechanism.

The canal was designed in 1825–44 by Georg Steenke, carrying out the commission given by the King of Prussia. Construction began in 1844. The difference in height over a 9.5 kilometres or 5.9 miles section of the route between the lakes was too great for building traditional locks; an ingenious system of inclined planes based on those used on the Morris Canal was employed instead, though the canal includes a few locks as well.

Since 1945 the canal is now in Poland. After wartime damage was repaired, it was restored to operation in 1948 and is now used for tourism.

Take a look at how ships are sailing through the Elblag Canal in Poland. Sometimes the best techniques are those from the past, performed by our ancestors...
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