Opened in 2002, the Falkirk boat lift is a modern engineering marvel of the 21st century. Up to 1933 a flight of eleven locks enabled boats to pass between the Union Canal and the Forth and Clyde Canal but they fell into duisuse and evemtually filled in. The difference in height between the two canals is 35 metres so bridiging the gap would aways require an innovative solution.
As part of the regreneration of the area it was decided to reconnect the two canals and the outcome was the Falkirk Wheel, the only rotating boat lift in the world. It takes about 5-6minutes for a boat to be lifted between the canals and, becuase of the efficient design, only uses an amount of electricty equivalent to boiling 22 kettles to compete the lift.
The wheel has been a very successful tourist attraction for the area with a visitor centre, cafe and bost trips between the canals.
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