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Message 1887844 - Posted: 4 Sep 2017, 7:53:23 UTC

I've always been curious about how the river lock system works here, so Sunday afternoon I went down to the wharf and took a cruising tour on the Belle of Louisville, which is a 103 year old steamboat, owned by the city of Louisville, Kentucky.

The McAlpine Lock system(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McAlpine_Locks_and_Dam) controls the river level here so boats can navigate the abrupt change in elevation known as The Falls. Long before the Lock system was created, this rough river terrain caused people to stop and use the shore to move their boats downstream, thus making overnight stays necessary at the new frontier town of Louisville, established in 1778.
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Message 1887845 - Posted: 4 Sep 2017, 7:54:12 UTC - in response to Message 1887844.  

Here are my pictures, and links to sixteen short videos, from my journey~


The Belle of Louisville, where the voyage begins, docked on the wharf:




Just pulled out of our docking spot, and heading Westward, downriver:





Headed toward the 14th St. Railroad Bridge(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourteenth_Street_Bridge_(Ohio_River)):




Going under the 14th St. Bridge:



Video 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzupGFWch_c&list=PLnQUsi-S48WU1vqQX6N9MSKDsGrxGOc-g&index=1



Headed toward, and into, the Lock:






Headed into the Lock:

Video 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5Vt6OxT9tM&index=2&list=PLnQUsi-S48WU1vqQX6N9MSKDsGrxGOc-g&index=2

Video 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdWuOkWNVYI&list=PLnQUsi-S48WU1vqQX6N9MSKDsGrxGOc-g&index=3

Video 4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYMrG1s8sdI&list=PLnQUsi-S48WU1vqQX6N9MSKDsGrxGOc-g&index=4

Video 5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pttVKki-7CI&list=PLnQUsi-S48WU1vqQX6N9MSKDsGrxGOc-g&index=5

Video 6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfB0Fwx9vJM&list=PLnQUsi-S48WU1vqQX6N9MSKDsGrxGOc-g&index=6




Inside the Lock - Water level lowered, and doors opening:




Video 7
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqGdJKYySU0&list=PLnQUsi-S48WU1vqQX6N9MSKDsGrxGOc-g&index=7

Video 8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibTsMJXk3xM&list=PLnQUsi-S48WU1vqQX6N9MSKDsGrxGOc-g&index=8




Out of Lock and headed west, downriver:




Turning around, just west of the K & I Railroad bridge(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_%26_Indiana_Terminal_Bridge), and heading back East:

Video 9
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX9Cs-3d-kw&list=PLnQUsi-S48WU1vqQX6N9MSKDsGrxGOc-g&index=9

Video 10
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENhGKbNqcKU&list=PLnQUsi-S48WU1vqQX6N9MSKDsGrxGOc-g&index=10


Back inside Lock, and water level refilled:

Video 11
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shKxIklMIEA&list=PLnQUsi-S48WU1vqQX6N9MSKDsGrxGOc-g&index=11

Video 12
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6dS5OQ0Y6E&list=PLnQUsi-S48WU1vqQX6N9MSKDsGrxGOc-g&index=12

Video 13
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsEgzLePvcg&list=PLnQUsi-S48WU1vqQX6N9MSKDsGrxGOc-g&index=13



Looking back from boat's stern, as we head East, back upriver:



Video 14
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkcWAOhHM_0&index=14&list=PLnQUsi-S48WU1vqQX6N9MSKDsGrxGOc-g&index=14

Video 15
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRtEzBgvd18&list=PLnQUsi-S48WU1vqQX6N9MSKDsGrxGOc-g&index=15

Video 16
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cj9rsyVcUdM&index=16&list=PLnQUsi-48WU1vqQX6N9MSKDsGrxGOc-g&index=16
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Message 1887849 - Posted: 4 Sep 2017, 8:27:20 UTC

Fantastic stuff Gordon, thanks for sharing :-))
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Message 1887854 - Posted: 4 Sep 2017, 9:17:12 UTC - in response to Message 1887849.  

Thanks. Well, it took forever with my internet connection to upload those short videos, and it was my first time using the movie feature on my DSLR. I also want to add that the RR bridge(K & I) just downriver of the Locks, has one metal planked lane for cars on either side of the tracks.

The upriver RR bridge(the drawbridge style) is my favorite. It's cool to watch it in action. This is the northern portion of it, at sunset, about twelve years ago, from another Belle of Louisville cruise I took:


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Message 1887900 - Posted: 4 Sep 2017, 19:40:52 UTC

Very interesting, Gordon. Thanks for posting.
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Message 1887940 - Posted: 5 Sep 2017, 2:13:34 UTC - in response to Message 1887900.  

Very interesting, Gordon. Thanks for posting.

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Message 1887941 - Posted: 5 Sep 2017, 2:31:59 UTC - in response to Message 1887940.  

Very interesting, Gordon. Thanks for posting.

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Message 1887951 - Posted: 5 Sep 2017, 4:57:52 UTC

Thank you Gordon. As friends can attest, I love locks, canals, narrowboats etc.
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Message 1888226 - Posted: 6 Sep 2017, 23:27:24 UTC - in response to Message 1887951.  

Thank you Gordon. As friends can attest, I love locks, canals, narrowboats etc.

They're cool, aren't they? :~)

I just put the images and videos on a blog page:

http://belleoflouisvillegml.blogspot.com/2017/09/my-trip-down-river-and-through-locksive.html
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