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    On my bicycle commute home from the office I stumbled into something I'd never seen before - the large lock was drained and mostly dry. It's emptied two weeks a year for annual maintenance, per stuff I read on the internet.

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    Above, for scale, you can see the little people at the far end of the eastern side of the lock.

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    Looks like they haven't yet pressure washed the west end.
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    Yeadon is right, of course.

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    Stumble into? We hope not.

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    Haha, true. Usually when you walk across the footpaths it's only 8-10 feet down to the level of the water (when the lock is filled). But with it's dry ... it's what, 80 feet deep or so? A very different feeling walking across the locks. Not a fan of heights.
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    Yeadon is right, of course.

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    Cool! The scale notion makes me wonder what the big locks at Panama and Suez look like!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh MacD View Post
    Cool! The scale notion makes me wonder what the big locks at Panama and Suez look like!?!
    no locks on Suez.
    Did yeadon put you up to this?

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    Naaahhh....I'm dumbass all by my lonesome

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh MacD View Post
    Naaahhh....I'm dumbass all by my lonesome
    Well, my cause for concern was obvious in this instance.

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    I appreciate your caring

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    The locks look to be in good shape, from the pictures you took - no obvious cracks in the concrete at least.
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    Last time I went through those locks we had a 400' x 80' (minus a few inches) barge and 85' tug... a tight squeeze!

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    Canoeyawl I just noticed you have more posts logged since you joined in 1983 than I’ve days lived since I was born early April 1949!

    May you keep it up as long as I can! (And if you slow down a bit I might even catch up someday!)

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    The Chittenden locks in Ballard hold a special place in my heart. Fond memories of lying on the terraced slopes above the locks on a sunny day with my sweetie, watching the water rise and fall, the boats come and go. Enjoying a large bottle (1.5L) of vodka and OJ. Smooching and other instances of PDA. We among numerous other couples doing likewise. Oh the pleasures of youth and idleness. Such was my life in Seattle in the early '80s.

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    I wonder how many winch handles, tools, etc. are found.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    We had a great time as kids rolling down the grass hills there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    I wonder how many winch handles, tools, etc. are found.

    Let's hope not many; one shouldn't be faffing about with winches and tools when navigating a lock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sp_clark View Post
    Canoeyawl I just noticed you have more posts logged since you joined in 1983 than I’ve days lived since I was born early April 1949!

    May you keep it up as long as I can! (And if you slow down a bit I might even catch up someday!)
    Trying to catch up with Messr Pless is probably impossible...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    Trying to catch up with Messr Pless is probably impossible...
    You can do it easily enough if you spend all your time farting.

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    Farting around maybe, no problem

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