The Falkirk Wheel solved a major challenge; to link the Forth and Clyde Canal, which lay 35m (115ft) below the level of the Union Canal. Historically, the two canals had been joined at Falkirk by a flight of 11 locks that stepped down across a distance of 1.5km, but these were dismantled in 1933, breaking the link.
In five and a half minutes, the wheel can lift two canal boats at the same time along with the water they are floating in.
Camera: Sony NEX-7
Lens: Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC
Three bracketed RAWs Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.
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