What does it feel like to be in a canal lock on a boat?

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What does it feel like to be in a canal lock in a boat?

Locks are built to make it possible to go from one level of water to a lower or higher level water without having to go over land or go a long way round. The prime example would be the Panama Canal. The largest locks may involve a series of steps allowing the boat and the people or cargo in it to cut across an area that would have taken a lot longer to travel through. In each step of a lock the boat or ship goes into a little holding chamber. In that holding chamber water is either added to or taken out to get the boat or ship to the same water level on the next step of the lock. It is in essence a watery version of stair steps. When you’re on a boat and going through a lock it feels a little bit like being in a bathtub of water with a toy boat and watching the boat either rise with increasing water levels or go down with a decreasing water levels. It is an elevator of sorts. You feel yourself going up or down and you can watch the sides of the canal lock either filling or emptying. When there is less water in a canal lock the walls of the walk are tall, like the walls of the building. As the lock fills with water the walls get shorter and you rise higher in the water. I know when I’ve been in them it makes me feel like I’m riding on a toy boat. It’s an interesting experience. The simple creative technology involved in working a lock is pretty amazing when you think about it. Mama Nono

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