Boatcharter/ yachtcharter on Gota Kanal in Sweden. Rent boat on this famous  channel.

Welcome to rent canal boats from us. We help you and your company to a great vacation on this channel between the west and east coast. The easiest way is to rent a boat from the big lake Vänern. CONTACT US and tell us about which kind of boat you need, what time you want to travel and how many people you are. We will send you an offer.

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Göta kanal

 

The Göta Canal was one of the largest civil engineering projects ever undertaken in Sweden. The canal stretches from Sjötorp on Lake Vänern to Mem on the east coast. It has a length of 190 kilometers and a total of 58 locks. Of this distance, 87 kilometers are man-made. The lakes through which the canal passes make up 103 kilometers of its length. A dream dating back 300 years as early as the sixteenth century, the renowned Bishop Brask in Linköping proposed a canal across Sweden from the Baltic to the North Sea. Plans for such a waterway came to be discussed many times before Baltzar von Platen finally transformed them into reality

Baltzar von Platen In 1806, Count Baltzar von Platen, naval officer and government minister, produced a treatise on canals and was later asked to submit a plan for the Göta Canal. On 11 April 1810, King Karl XIII issued a charter allowing the canal company to build and operate the canal, and granted the company labour, land and forests for the project. In May 1810, excavation work was started in Motala. Work was soon underway at about 15 sites along the route. 

Soldiers and their work The Göta Canal was largely built by 58,000 billeted soldiers from 15 different regiments. During the 22 years building was in progress, about 60,000 men, including a company of Russian war prisoners and a number of civilian workers, worked a total of about 7 million man-days, each of 12 hours. Most of the canal was excavated by hand using iron-shod wooden spades. Work mainly consisted of digging, blasting and dressing stone. Baltzar von Platen also introduced several new techniques using various equipment from England. A number of highly skilled English foremen were recruited.

Interested in renting a boat on the west coast. contact us we will send you a quote with options. We just need to know how many you are and where you want to go. We look forward to your inquiry

 

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