Shiffhebewerk/Boat Lift

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November 25, 2012 by wildducks

This past weekend, this duck drove to Niederfinow into the deep mists of Brandenburg to see the spectacle called the Niederfinow Shiffhebewerk, a giant boat-lift linking the placid Havel and Oder rivers.  I was awed by its immensity and felt something not unlike vertigo as the lift ascended several stories over my head, eventually revealing a cement floor where a river had just been. It is certainly a technological marvel, although rather simple at heart.

Imagine a normal old boat lock and a normal old elevator made love. This would be the fruit of that union–a frankenstein boat-lift.

Here is a video I made. Enjoy the music of Berlin’s own Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

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