Tuesday, 11 March 2008


This miracle of modern engineering, the Falkirk Wheel which is situated in Scotland, is the world's first and only rotating boat wheel. Its primary use is to connect the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal.

With a diameter of 35-meters, it boasts two axe-shaped arms and water-filled caissons boasting an 80,000-gallon capacity, capable of lifting 600-tons (combined). The Falkirk Wheel is surprisingly efficient, needing just 22.5kW to run the electric motors. At $34.8-million, however, this work of art didn't come cheap.

To see how this amazing wheel works please view the following short video (The video soundtrack is "Concerning Hobbits" from the soundtrack of the 2001 film: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring. The song is available on iTunes.)