Right outside the Amsterdam Central Station is a canal and mini-harbor. Along the harbor are several stands offering tours of the city through long, low, glassed-in canal boats. These are mostly named for noteworthy historic figures in the arts and sciences. This boat is named for one of the youngest, and most tragic.
Amsterdam is an old city, tracing its history back at least 800 years. It has spent all that time in a constant struggle with the sea. These locks are part of that struggle. Note the gravity-assisted lock controls, relics of an earlier age (but still working, and not prone to power failures).
Photos (c) 1997 Lawrence I. Charters
Revised October 25, 1997 lic
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