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Old 07-16-2020, 11:04 AM   #41
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Hjälmare kanal

The Hjälmare canal connects two beautiful lakes just west of Stockholm: Mälaren and Hjälmaren. Due to the existence of this canal, one can cruise from Stockholm, on the Baltic coast, all the way to Örebro, an attractive university city near the center of the country.

The canal has 9 locks measuring 98’ long x 23’ wide. Navigable depth is 6’. No height restriction. Total level change for all 9 locks combined is about 72 feet.

You can see more about it here:
https://www.sveaskog.se/upplev-skoge...jalmare-kanal/
(Sorry – it’s in Swedish, but you can see a lot of interesting pictures with some clicking around)

There is also a lock in Örebro through which one must pass to get to the center of the city and the dock area. We had a first-time-ever experience passing through this new-ish, but manually operated lock. The lock was empty and we entered when the doors opened. We positioned our boat in preparation for the lift. The lock tender opened the gates/paddles in each of the lock doors, which created a shockingly strong current. It was a struggle to keep the boat properly positioned in the strong current and simultaneously go through the process of paying the lock tender for transit. We suggested to the lock tender that things might be a little easier for all of us if he first closed the lock doors on the downstream side (!!!). This is probably when he came to full consciousness from what must have been a severe hangover!

Explanation of pictures below:

1) Map. Red arrow shows the Hjälmare Canal. Green arrow shows Örebro.
2) First lock on north end of the canal
3) A disused lock in the vicinity of today’s canal
4) Another disused lock
5) Typical Hjälmare canal lock
6) Another typical lock
7) View from our marina at Hjälmare Docka (former ship dry dock) mid-way long the canal
8) Örebro castle. Oldest parts of the castle date from the 1300’s.
9) Former power station in Örebro – at the falls
10) Örebro lock (picture borrowed from the internet)
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Old 07-18-2020, 05:39 AM   #42
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Södertälje canal

The Södertälje canal connects the Baltic Sea to Lake Mälaren, just outside of Stockholm. This short canal passes through a rather drab industrial area and is sized to handle large ships. A single lock.
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Old 07-21-2020, 07:13 AM   #43
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Stockholm: Karl Johansslussen

Karl Johanssluss, right in the heart of Stockholm, connects the Baltic sea to the eastern-most part of Lake Mälaren.
It was built between 1930 and 1935, along with much of the complex highway system around it. The lock has a long history, which you can read more about here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Johansslussen

There are two other ways to get from the Baltic to Lake Mälaren. One is via the Södertälje canal (see pictures earlier in this thread) and the other is the lock at Hammerby.

Explanation of pictures below:
1) Map (red arrow shows location of Karl Johanssluss)
2) This photo (borrowed from the internet) shows the lock (red arrow) and its position within a complex highway system. This entire setup is under reconstruction today. The lock remains closed until 2021.
3) Looking aft as we pass through Karl Johanssluss. Note the unusual “flip” gate.
4) Another view of one of the unusual gates
5) Drottningholms slott. There a number of royal palaces in Sweden, but this is the one where the king and queen acutally live. One passes it in Lake Mälaren shortly after leaving Karl Johanssluss. https://www.kungligaslotten.se/english.html
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Old 07-24-2020, 06:53 AM   #44
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Trollhätte Canal

The Trollhätte canal connects the Kattegatt (edge of the North Sea) to the large Swedish inland lake, Vänern. It was constructed in the late 1700’s and first opened about 1800. Today, it’s a largely commercial canal capable of handling ships up to 288’ long, 43’ wide and having a draught of 17’. There are 6 locks having a combined lift of 144’. You can read more about it here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trollh%C3%A4tte_Canal

The city of Trollhättan was the manufacturing home of Saab automobiles, when the brand still existed. The Saab museum remains today.

We passed through this canal in 2016, but unfortunately, the weather did not make for very good quality pictures.

Explanation of pictures below:

1) Map. Red arrow shows location of the Trollhätte canal
2) Lock approach
3) Helge leaving a lock
4) Lock
5) Lock
6) Bridges
7) The vintage cross-Sweden cruise ship, Diana. It’s one of three vintage passenger ships that still ply the 6-day route from Göteborg to Stockholm today. You can read more about it here: https://www.gotacanal.se/en/canalboats/diana/
8) Ruins from an original flight of locks in Trollhättan. These date from the late 1700’s
9) A “newer” but no longer used flight of locks in Trolhättan.
10) Notable window advertising in a café in Vänersborg.
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Old 07-28-2020, 08:07 AM   #45
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Göta Canal

The Göta Canal is the most famous canal in Sweden. It and the Trollhätte canal together canal enable boats to transit from Göteborg to Stockholm, crossing the country.

The canal was built in the early 1800’s for military reasons. Total length of the canal (not including Trollhätte canal) is about 120 miles. It has 58 locks which can handle boats up to 98’ long, 23’ wide and 9’ deep. Overhead limit is 72’, which means this route is a favorite for sailboats. The locks, for the most part, are manually operated -- typically by students on summer holiday.

Today, it serves 99% pleasure boats, along with a few historic passenger ships. For a 33’ boat, a pass costs about $900 US, which includes all marinas, electric, water, toilets, showers, etc. for the entire summer. Boats are available to rent on a weekly basis for locals and visitors flying in from abroad. Typically 30-40’. https://gotakanalcharter.se/en/boats/

You can read more about the Göta Canal here:
https://www.gotakanal.se/en/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6ta_Canal

Below are some photos of locks (and other things) we encountered on our journey across Sweden in 2012.
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Kinda Canal

As a ”side trip” from our Göta Canal trip in 2012, we explored the very interesting Kinda (pronounced “sheenda”) canal.

The canal, opened in 1872, connects a group of beautiful lakes and has 15 locks, with a combined lift of about 150’.
Locks are 80’ long, 14’ wide and handle boats with a maximum draft of about 5’. All locks are manually operated, mostly by retired volunteers and students on summer holiday. It’s a lot of work for them and they welcome help from any available crew members.

The canal, unfortunately, has a low fixed bridge which allows only boats with a height of 10’ or less to pass. With prior arrangement, the friendly lock keepers are agreeable to coordinating a period of temporary low water, so that somewhat higher boats can pass under this bridge.

Traversing this canal is a real back-to-nature experience. You are far away from high-season tourism. We were told by a lock keeper that the canal has only about 800-900 boats visiting each season.

You can read a bit more about the canal here:
https://visitlinkoping.se/en/explore/kinda-canal

Explanation of photos below:


(NOTE: CLICK ON THE FIRST PICTURE AND THEN YOU CAN SCROLL THROUGH THEM IN THE LARGER SIZE)


1) Map
2) Entrance to the Kinda Canal
3) Close up of a manually operated lock gate
4) Inside a series of locks
5) Inside a lock, looking aft toward the town of Linköping
6) Inside a lock. Fortunately most had better “walls” than this one
7) Moored in the distance waiting to pass through this series of locks
8) Moored for the night(!) in one lock. The lock keeper invited us to spend the night inside the lock, as it was closer to the electric supply. He had no standard power hookups, but brought his tools to temporarily tap off the power supply to the electric bridge ahead of us.
9) Inside a lock
10) Proceeding up the “staircase”. It’s interesting how they do this, letting the water in from the top with all the lock gates open. Saves time and effort for the lock keepers, though all the rushing water can be a bit dramatic to experience.
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