Weekly Photo Challenge – Forward

By: Vicky

Feb 24 2013

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Category: Forward, photography, Weekly Photo Challenge


Focal Length:28mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 10D


Technology and boats, both moving forward.

This photo is of the Falkirk Wheel – according to the website it is the world’s first and only rotating boat lift, which was opened by The Queen on 24th May 2002.

The idea being was to join the Forth and Clyde Canal, which lay 115 feet below the Union Canal restoring canal navigation across Scotland. The two canals had previously been joined by a flight of eleven locks, but these had been dismantled in 1933.

I visited this wheel in February 2006, and stood in awe at its magnificent structure.

In the photo above, the upper level is the Union Canal, the lower water level is the Forth and Clyde Canal.

The two photos below show the wheel in action.

CRW_0050  CRW_0052

Boats, along with the water they float in move forward into the wheel’s gondola, the wheel then turns, gradually moving them to the other level. This works on the Archimedes principle of displacement.

The wheel itself only uses 1.5kw of electricity.

A far more detailed description for anyone interested can be found on the Falkirk Wheel website.



8 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Forward”

  1. Wow… it looks like a giant, super-spohisticated theme park ride 🙂

  2. I was here in 2009. Such an awesome structure! Great pictures.

  3. That is absolutely fascinating. Stupendous photos, and a great post for Forward (for which I haven’t thought of anything, and definitely won’t after reading this).

    The web site is great, and the video does an excellent job of explaining how it works, plus seeing the pictures just makes it so much clearer. Bizarre having a canal ending in mid air!

    I was going to say, British engineering clearly isn’t quite dead yet, but then thought it might have been Chinese so had a quick check on that too. Phew! It’s a bit like an olde fashionede water wheel in water mills isn’t it? Not sure I would like to go in it. Imagine if it went wrong? One of the gearing cogs misaligned! Whoosh.

    (Nice DT)

    • Thank you.
      Yes, I thought it was an excellent website too, with loads of interesting facts. It amazed me when I read about the electricity consumption 😮
      LOL, DT did me proud, I thought I might have had the dreaded grey from the colour of the wheel.

  4. fascinating! what a great entry for this challenge. thank you also for the link. the video was very helpful in demonstrating how it worked, too.
    and nice one, DT. 🙂
    thank you for sharing!

    • Thank you 🙂
      Yes the website and the video on there are excellent. I thought it was far easier to link to it than try to explain the workings myself.

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