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Serafina of Maldon along the Kiel Canal July 2007

Below are a selection of the pictures we took along the canal. As usual, just click on a picture to see a larger version.

This is us inside the old lock (North) at the Kiel end of the canal. There are two sets of locks, old (large) and new (very large), and each set has two chambers for two way working. (thats four locks in total!) Yachts, by and large only get to go in the smaller old ones!

Same lock, different angle! At the other end of the canal we saw 16 yachts, plus motor boats and a large trip boat all squeezed in coming the other way to us.

Sarah took a request by Nigel Stevens (Shire Cruisers, Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire, very reasonable rates) for photos of the canal very seriously. He may regret this when he gets the full CD. All the feeders were running hard, but this may well appear to look like drought conditions to you all at the moment.

J. R. Tolkien was the name on this fine Tall Ship.

Yes, well this helps to illustrate some of the fun. The large container ship presents no problem, but the little one is a ferry. These fly out of hidden sidings at great speed and with no warning, straight across your track. They run on cables so you do need to keep well clear. I rather felt that they were watching out for us and that they would not actually dart out straight in front......until one forced us to do an emergency stop. (Three cheers for our new Brunton Autoprop.)

This was double trouble with a pair running in opposite directions.

And here comes yet another big one! The thing is, that although they are big, there is plenty of room for them and you. The catch comes when one of these beasts is overtaking you (Yes, they are allowed to go faster than you!) at the same time as you meet one coming the other way. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.

This is the small marina where we met our charming (Sarah's words) Yanmar engineer. Schrieber Marina at Rendsburg and we would recommend it to anyone staying over night on the canal.

Serafina is the boat at the right hand end of the pontoon.

Our favourite 'Anthem Bridge' where they play your national anthem as you pass beneath.

Looking into the car caisson.

And they just kept getting bigger as the canal seemed to get narrower.

The satellite plotter is a fantastic bit of kit. Here we zoomed the image out so you could see how far across Germany we had got at this stage. (We are the little black boat in the middle!)

The German navy put in a couple of appearances. This one had the crew lined up on the foredeck looking like they were about to salute us. I guess they changed their minds when they saw our flag.

Here is the Southern end of the canal at Brunsbuttel. Those with good eyesight will see that there two sets of locks again here. To the right there are ships in both the 'new' chambers, coming up onto the canal. To the left there is the small navel vessel (above) in the extreme left hand of the two 'old' locks, going down to the River Elbe.

North Sea at last. This is not a phrase you often hear in sailing circles!

And this is one of the reasons why you need to pay very good attention to the buoyage system!

 

 

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