Photographer's Note

It is an ancient fascination and yet it is fresh every day. People dreamt of it for centuries – building a passage connecting the North Sea with the Baltic. Now they stand by the banks of the canal and dream of coming or going with the ships. There is always something to see. Some tourists travel here in their camper vans and stay for weeks, other return day after day, to fish, to cycle or to walk or just to watch the ships go by.
The German emperor Wilhelm II – who was eager for war - demanded this route between the seas suitable for his navy. So in June 1895 the world’s largest deep-construction came to fruition and the Kiel Canal was inaugurated with pomp and circumstance. It eliminated the necessity for ships to travel northwards around the Danish peninsula.
The canal is 98 km long, 103 m wide and 11 m deep. Navigating the Kiel Canal makes heavy demands on the ships’ crews, so for safety reasons ships from a certain size upwards are obliged to take on a pilot and a canal steersman to advise the captain. Some say that there are more ships than water on the canal nowadays and some stretches of the canal have already been outgrown by modern shipbuilding. Consequently, a widening is imminent, and the landscape of the canal is set to change.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Harriet Kaehler (Kielia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 0 N: 6733] (24077)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-05-22
  • Categories: Transportation
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-05-19 2:45
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Points: 94
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