We hadn’t seen anything of the North Sea Canal when we arrived in the Port of Amsterdam, as the ship had docked early in the morning while it was still dark. I hadn’t even realised we had gone through a lock at the start of the canal, so I wanted to see when we went through on the outward journey. A few hours later I got my wish, and watched as the ship went through the lock. I took a few photos to pass the time, while waiting and enjoyed the nice weather, as we had been warned that we were heading into rough seas, once we left the shelter of the canal.
History…….The North Sea Canal (Dutch: Noordzeekanaal) is a Dutch ship canal from Amsterdam to the North Sea at IJmuiden, constructed between 1865 and 1876 to enable seafaring vessels to reach the port of Amsterdam. I took photos of the new large sea lock which is being constructed at the entrance of the North Sea Canal at IJmuiden that will provide access to the Amsterdam port region. The new lock will be 500 metres long, 70 metres wide and 18 metres deep, making it the world’s largest sea lock.
Views of the new sea lock in the making.
Going through the sea lock.
The other side of the sea lock.
Once through the sea lock and into the North Sea, it was like entering another world, stormy seas and dark skies for the next 10 days……apart from every port of call, the sun would come out, even it was freezing, the sun would shine, thank goodness 🙂 So a few stormy shots, they aren’t the worst seas, but I could’nt get photos of those, as we were not allowed on the decks when it got really rough, but I did manage to catch an oil rig.
Next post is about a fortress, at the mouth of the North Sea Canal.