The 58 km. Forth & Clyde Ship Canal was created across Scotland between the North and Irish Seas from 1768 to 1790, then the world's deepest sea-to-sea canal. In 1822 it was joined near Falkirk by the smaller scale 50 km long Union Canal from Edinburgh by means of an impressive flight of 11 locks, now being replaced in use by the innovative "Falkirk Wheel" rotating boat lift, the key element in the £78m. Millennium Link canal regeneration project. This paper, essentially an enlargement of the historical comment in the Author's recent ICE Smeaton Lecture(1), relates to contemporary civil engineering practice on these navigations and its significance. It concludes with a description of the basic operational principles of the Falkirk Wheel.
|Title of host publication||ASCE Specialty Conference, Proceedings|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
|Event||Proceedings of the Third national Congress on Civil Engineering History and Heritage - Houston, TX, United States|
Duration: 10 Oct 2001 → 13 Oct 2001
|Conference||Proceedings of the Third national Congress on Civil Engineering History and Heritage|
|Period||10/10/01 → 13/10/01|