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Old 12 May 2005, 06:52   #1
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Parker ribs go everywhere

A couple of weeks ago my nephew Chris and his girl friend Ola in a Parker 630 ventured where one would not usually expect to see ribs.

They took the rib from the Ostroda lake in Poland via the Elblag canal to the Zalew Wislany
As you can see from the photos there was some going up hill. Boats are transported up or down the slope on a type of railway platform. The machinery is water powered and this usual link is apparently one of its kind in Europe and was constructed before WWII by the Germans
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Old 12 May 2005, 07:01   #2
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That looks interesting Andre, if a little scarey! Presumably the boat sits on a cradle? How do they get the boat on to it? And off again?
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That looks interesting Andre, if a little scarey! Presumably the boat sits on a cradle? How do they get the boat on to it? And off again?
Just like recovering the rib on a slip. You just drive the rib onto the railway trolley and up you go. I have seen that particular place only out of season. Never had the opportunity to see it in operation
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Very nice Andre.

And a bit different. Is that the couple we met with you not too long ago?

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Very nice Andre.

And a bit different. Is that the couple we met with you not too long ago?

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Yes you have a good memory.You gave us a ride when I had to leave the rib in Portsmouth
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As I recall they really liked the Irish music playing in our car.


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Great to see them RIBbing for real in Poland.

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Thats what I call extreme ribbing
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Andre,
interesting shots;however if I remember my industrial history correctly the idea was fist conceived and built in England in the late 1790's.
William Reynolds (cousin of Abraham darby III ) built a series of these inclines to dramaticaly cut the time it would take to raise a barge over conventional canal locks.
He constructed a series of 6 inclines on the Shropshire Union canal featuring the system you show.
The barge would be floated onto a wheeled trolley at the lower level.This trolley was counterbalanced by attaching it to a rope(and later a chain) so as when 1 boat went up the incline; 1 came down.
The most famous of these is the Great Hay Incline just outside Coalport(Near the Ironbridge Industrial Museum.
http://www.canals.btinternet.co.uk/c...shropshire.htm

http://www.canals.com/lifts.htm

Was lucky enough to visit this on a school trip way back in the 70's and Andres photos reminded me.
So nice to see the idea still working and in use,
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interesting shots;however if I remember my industrial history correctly the idea was fist conceived and built in England in the late 1790's.
Lordy me. A splashed canal!

Nice to read the history Dal

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So nice to see the idea still working and in use,
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This was built in the 1930s and has been going ever since
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