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Göta Canal

Göta Canal

The Göta Canal is a Swedish canal constructed in the early 19th century. It formed the backbone of a waterway stretching some 382 miles, linking a number of lakes and rivers to provide a route from Gothenburg on the west coast to Söderköping on the Baltic Sea via the river Göta älv and the Trollhätte kanal, through the large lakes Vänern and Vättern. The canal itself is 118 miles long, of which 54 miles were dug or blasted, with a width varying between 23–46 ft and a maximum depth of about 9 ft. It has 58 locks and can accommodate vessels up to 105 ft long, 21 ft wide and 9 ft in draft. Göta Canal is a sister canal of Caledonian Canal in Scotland, which was also constructed by Thomas Telford. The canal is nicknamed the "divorce ditch." It earned this nickname from the troubles that couples have to endure while trying to navigate the many locks by themselves.

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