Thursday, March 29, 2012

Working on the water

We also saw, from our tour boat, a number of working vessels. At least, it appeared that they actually move away from canal-side at times. Not sure where they go by canal, which seemed cut off from the ocean and rivers. I'll have to ask Vic, who took a map of the canal system, and who is at the moment in the shower.

Look at the colorful row houses! Vic says that the canalS represent Bristol's harbor. There is a network of canals running through the city. They tie into the ocean and rivers via locks, not true locks, but tidal 'stabilizers' that permit this harbor to retain enough water to keep the boats afloat. The tour operator described dramatic differences, low tide to high, that once left vessels teetering on the rocky bottom.

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