Posted in bridges & boats, tagged connecticut, connecticut river, cumberland, ferry, glastonbury, history, hollister iii, rocky hill, transportation on January 7, 2013|
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On our frequent drives up to Massachusetts we pass a sign on I-91 that says, “Connecticut River Ferry, April 1 to October 31,” and one of us always says, “We should check that out someday.” This past October, just a couple of weeks before the ferry closed for the season, we finally did it.
The ferry is the Rocky Hill–Glastonbury Ferry, and it’s the oldest continuously operating ferry in the United States. Vessels of various sorts have been providing service at this site since 1655. Today the towboat Cumberland pushes the Hollister III back and forth.
The Cumberland controls the barge with just two lines that run from the towboat’s bow to two points along the side of the barge. In the picture above, the barge is being held against the Glastonbury bank waiting for another car to board.
Now the Cumberland has begun to pull the barge off the bank:
In the next two pictures she’s turning around and preparing to push the barge across the river:
Full speed ahead:
That’s Glastonbury up ahead:
If you find yourself in this part of Connecticut, the chance to step (or drive) into history is totally worth the three-dollar fare to take your car on the ferry.
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Posted in bridges & boats, tagged canal, falkirk wheel, forth and clyde canal, great britain, history, lock, scotland, transportation, travel, union canal, united kingdom on December 5, 2012|
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This post is way overdue.
Last August, Karen, the kids, and I went to Great Britain. (Click here to read about our trip on the Regent’s Canal in London.) In Scotland we made sure to visit the Falkirk Wheel.
This unusual device is essentially a canal lock. It’s used to move boats between the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal. Boats enter at the top or bottom, and then the whole thing rotates 180 degrees.
Tour boats operate on the canals and give visitors the chance to experience the wheel firsthand, but unfortunately it took us longer to get out of Edinburgh than we expected, and we arrived too late to take a ride. We did get to see one of the boats come along the Forth and Clyde Canal
and enter the lock that connects the canal with the basin at the bottom of the wheel:
Construction on the Forth and Clyde Canal began in 1768. The canal was closed in 1963 and reopened in 2001. The Falkirk Wheel began operation in 2002 and replaced a series of eleven locks that used to connect the two canals.
Here’s a brief stop-motion video showing the wheel in motion:
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