The aqueduct and boat lift, Falkirk Wheel
Elspeth M Reid
View of the aqueduct leading to the boat lifting mechanism. The aqueduct is supported by a line of concave-sided piers whose circular heads contain the canal. It terminates in the massive wheel with its two arms holding the water-filled 'gondolas'.
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The Wheel was built as part of the Millennium link project to re-open and re-connect the Union and Forth and Clyde Canals. The Wheel was opened in 2002. It replaced a flight of 11 locks and can lower boats 25m in a few minutes.