Here's where we tied up last night. A few commercial barges were still traversing these waters even after dark.
An old lift lock. You can see the "bath" at the top where one barge is - and one at the bottom. They have a similar method in Canada (Peterborough Lift Lock) which we traversed a few years ago in a different boat. Hydraulic rams smooth transport the boats up or down. We think this would make a neat house renovation project! Here's a YouTube video of the one in Canada (it's a tourist boat, we were too busy oohhing and arrhhhing to take a video when we locked through!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCwvfRXcopE
Just while we are in Canada, have you seen this? It is the Big Chute Marine Railway - it's a boat lift at lock 44 of the Trent-Severn Waterway in Ontario, Canada. It works on an inclined plane to carry boats in individual cradles over a change of height of about 60 feet (18 m). It is the only marine railway (or canal inclined plane) of its kind in North America still in use, and is overseen by federally operated Parks Canada. It was an exciting time in Ontario!
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