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The Falkirk Wheel 3 months 3 weeks ago #3983130

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The Falkirk Wheel

Now here is something quite unique
One of only two World wide
A rotating boat lift
Connecting the Union to the Forth and Clyde
The Falkirk wheel lifts the boat and water
A total of Seventy Nine feet
But there’s still another Thirty Six feet
Before they meet the Union Canal water line
Navigating through another pair of locks
To bring the levels just fine
British Waterways and Scottish Enterprise Network
And funding from 7 Local Authorities
Along with Regional Development as well
Planned a striking 21st Century Landmark
The consequence they couldn’t tell
Previously linked by 11 Locks
Until 1933 when they closed
How to counter the 115 feet drop
Was now the question posed
The Canals were shut to navigation
And thought was given to this Amazing construction
To get once again boats passing through
And after much planning and expense
The Falkirk Wheel opened in 2002
Which achieved it’s overall intention
To bring Glasgow and Edinburgh closer again
Enabling boating folk to navigate these canals
Without the worry of the 11 locks strain
The whole project had a budget of 78 million pounds
And the aims of the project were set
To create a wonderful working work of Art
The only Rotary Wheel Worldwide yet

Dennis Shrubshall 1st November 2023

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What an amazing feat of engineering. Thank you for sharing your poem.

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