This weekend the lady’s and I went over to Falkirk Scotland and checked out the Falkirk Wheel. The Wheel is a boat lift slash lock system. It’s a very interesting way to do things.


Here is what it’s like in motion. Believe it or not it only uses the same power as two boiling kettles of water while in motion. This is because it uses the principle that Archimedes came up with on floating bodies in water. Basically it turns out that if both sides of the Wheel have the same water level, then both sides weigh the same amount. So, open locks, let boats in, equalize water level, and away you go.


Here’s the lady’s checking it out.