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Oil Tanker Tour

It’s getting increasingly difficult for the general public to see the details behind large commercial ships and even harder to tour chemical and oil tankers. Partly the crews are busy at work and partly there are safety and security concerns, but the net result is limited ability to see the details behind how these advanced…

Gota Canal Day 11: Norrgvarn

The section of the Gota Canal that runs through Lake Viken is among the most scenic, through several narrow one-way channels, and open areas dotted with islets. It also the highest point along the canal, at 301.2 ft (91.8 m) above sea level. On our 11th day along the Gota Canal, we passed through eleven…

Gota Canal Day 10: Karlsborg & Forsvik

Karlsborg Fortress stands on the western shore of Lake Vattern in inland Sweden and was one of the largest fortresses in Europe at 250-acres (100 hectares). The idea was concentrate the Swedish forces in a central location and allow the enemy to move across the land, be tired out by small-scale skirmishes and eventually be…

Gota Canal Day 8 & 9: Vadstena

Vadstena Castle was built as a fortress in 1545, but soon converted into a palace, and is a notable example of Swedish Renaissance architecture. The city also is known for being the site where Saint Bridget of Sweden founded the first monastery of her Bridgettine Order in 1350. Vadstena is a few miles south of…

Gota Canal Day 6 & 7: Motala

On our sixth day in the Gota Canal, James turned 60. That day, we passed through 13 bridges and 7 locks, including the 5-flight Borenshult Locks, and rose 51.2 ft (15.6m) to reach Motala at 290 ft (88.4m) above sea level where we stopped for two nights. We celebrated James’ 50th in Hong Kong during…

Gota Canal Day 5: Ljungsbro

We enjoyed the peacful jetty in Ljungsbro so much that we decide to stay an extra night and explore the area by bicycle. We pedalled to Berg to visit the canal museum and lock door display, then cycled west to tour the Ljungsbro area. Below are trip highlights from August 7th, 2019. Click any image…

Gota Canal Day 4: Berg

The locks we’ve been through in Dirona have ranged from “full-service”, such as the Saimaa Canal in Finland, where you tie the boat off to a floating pontoon or mooring point and the lock is operated hydraulically by the lock keepers, to “full-manual”, such as the Crinan Canal in Scotland, where boaters operate the locks…

Gota Canal Day 3: Linkoping

Linkoping, Sweden was founded in the 12th century, when it became the religious center for the region, and is known for its spectacular 13th-century cathedral. The city is a short distance off the main route of the Gota Canal, and an easy visit by tender via the Kinda Canal. On our third day in the…

Gota Canal Day 2: Lake Asplangen

On our second day in the Gota Canal, we travelled further into idyllic rural Sweden, passing alongside many farms and parks and through ten locks and four bridges. Unlike yesterday, we weren’t alone in the locks, and passed through with a smaller boat in front. Cruising through the canal, with its maximum speed limit of…

Gota Canal Day 1: Soderkoping

The Gota Canal (pronounced “Yota” to rhyme with “Yoda”) was named the Swedish Construction of the Millennium. Completed in 1832, the 120-mile (190km) long canal took 22 years to build using 58,000 workers, has 58 locks and 48 bridges, and rises 301ft (91.8m) above sea level. It is a sister canal to the Caledonian Canal…