I’m sure you already know that fairies can fly, if you believe in fairies, that is . . . . But did you know that ferries can fly, too?
The Rendsburg “High Bridge”, or Schwebefähre in German, has been flying across the Kiel Canal since the early 1900s! The Kiel Canal, also known as the Nord-Ostsee Kanal and formerly the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal, connects the Baltic Sea with the North Sea. It has been allowing large ships to pass inland since the late 1800s, and from a trusted source, today the Kiel Canal has the highest traffic rate of any other artificial waterway in the world including the Suez Canal and the Panama Canal. The Rendsburg Schwebefähre opened in 1913, and it has been free of charge forever!
The ferry which runs daily every 15 minutes from early in the morning until late evening travels at 125 meters, 410 feet, within one and a half minutes between Osterrönfeld and Rendsburg in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. It is suspended from a railroad bridge which also crosses the canal, and at any given time there could be a boat on the canal, a train on the bridge, and a ferry crossing as well. What a phenomena! It’s enough to make you marvel!
Venetian traffic jam!
You probably already know this, but a canal is a waterway built in order to move goods and carry people. Canals may also be used to get water to people inland and for irrigation when there is not enough water for inland crops. Were you aware that canals have been used for a long time, more than 5,000 years as a matter of fact? The city of Venice in Italy is famous for its many canals which are used instead of roads. Cars are not allowed there! Can you believe it?
But getting back to the Schwebefähre, it is 14 meters long (nearly 46 feet) and 6 meters wide (close to 20 feet) and travels 6 meters above the canal. It can carry up to 4 automobiles and up to 100 persons. Students rely on the flying ferry to get to and from school, too! How do you get to school? Would you like to fly to school on a ferry?
Learn more about canals: kids.britannica.com/ebk/article-9352905
And, a special thank you to Wulf Hornung of Osterrönfeld!
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