Monday, 7 September 2015

Peterborough Liftlock on Labour Day

So... we were in Jacks's at Peterborough Marina having breakfast and, seeing the cruise boat dock, decided "on the hop" to try and get tickets for an afternoon cruise. Success! Good things come to those who wait, you know. I only waited 10 years...!
We departed on the popular 2 hour cruise across Little Lake, past the Centennial Fountain and into the City of Peterborough portion of the 111 year old lock system. All the way being entertained by the Captain's lively commentary of the history of Peterborough and the Trent Severn Waterway.
 The first traditional flood lock (pictured above) raised us 12 feet. It took about 30 minutes.
Up ahead the Peterborough Liftlock - and this time I'm actually on a boat about to enter the lock!
This is the World's highest hydraulic liftlock, towering 65 feet and the famous engineering marvel has been in operation since 1904. Once secured inside the lock, it took only a few minutes for us to reach the top.
35 years ago my Granddad made this very same trip on his second honeymoon. Looking back through old photographs, it's like nothing has changed (pictured below).