Photographer's Note

The Port of Ghent is the third biggest port of Belgium. The first port of ghent laid at the ripa of the Scheldt river and later on at the ripa of the Lys river. Since the middle ages Ghent has sought for a connection to the sea. In 1251, the Lieve Canal was constructed in order to attempt to connect Ghent to Damme, which was at that time was situated at the Zwin. However, the Zwin sanded up and the Lieve canal no longer had any importance by the end of the fifteenth century. In 1547, a second attempt was made by digging the Sassevaart (Sasse Canal), which became a busy trade route. In the sixteenth century however, the Wars of Religion meant the end of navigation on the Sassevaart. This due to a traffic lock on both Western Scheldt and all other connecting waterways set by the Dutch. In the 17th century, a new attempt was made with the Ghent-Bruges-Ostend canal. But as a consequence of the abolition of the former trade privileges there was but little activity. The present canal (Canal Ghent-Terneuzen) was finally dug under the rule of William I, King of the Netherlands. In 1822 the final plan was ratified and in 1827 the works could be started.

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  • Copyright: Tim Heiden (timheiden) (59)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Black & White
  • Date Taken: 2006-09-02
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2006-10-05 3:44
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