On the ship through the road

On the ship through the road

We have already considered quite a few interesting ship gateways.
And now I will show you a variant from Canada, where the ships pass right over the highway.

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The Trent-Severn waterway connects the lakes of Huron and Ontario via shipping through a system of small lakes, canals and locks. This is the shortest path between Huron and Ontario; it is many times shorter than the path through Lake Erie. The Trent-Severn waterway includes 45 locks, which in addition to the usual ones include two cascades of several successive locks, two ship elevators and one “water rail”, known as the Big Chute.

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Big Hills is located two hours north of Toronto, near the town of Port Severn. The number of "Big Hills" in the system of waterway locks - 44; only one ordinary gateway separates it from Lake Huron.

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Technically, the gateway is a movable platform on rails that go straight out of the water, overcome a slight rise and again go into the water.

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The platform is equipped with devices that allow small-sized vessels of various sizes to be placed and fixed on it: from small boats and boats in three rows to one large vessel that occupies the entire platform. Wide durable straps, on which ships lie while in motion, are mounted on supports; By raising and lowering these supports, the gateway operator can change the number and size of the landing places of the platform.

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The capacity of the lock is impressive: it is able to transport vessels up to 30 meters long and up to 7 meters wide, with a total weight of up to 90 tons. Its movement is ensured by a powerful winch and cable system.

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The gateway is controlled by two operators, whose workplace is located directly on the platform. Entrance and exit is carried out at the top point in the middle of the path - the platform stops close to the small building, inside which the drive winch is located; the roof of the building serves as a viewing platform for all comers and at the same time a “mooring” for the platform, located on the same level with its working platform.

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Loading and unloading ships is very simple: the lock platform stops at a shallow depth, the boats and boats enter the platform guard and moor, following the instructions of the gatekeepers.After that, the platform lifts ships from the water and in a few minutes lowers them into the water on the other side of the land. Due to the special configuration of the track, the platform retains its horizontal position throughout its length.

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On its way, the platform crosses the roadway and invariably attracts a lot of spectators, for whom besides the observation deck on the roof there are paths and stairs along the entire track of the airlock, large windows allowing to look into the engine room, and numerous explanatory signs with the main information about the airlock.

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It only remains to add that the gateway was opened in 1978; the height difference is 17 meters, the distance the platform travels is 228 meters, and it takes about 10 minutes to complete the journey.

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