The canal is 98km long and it saves 460km off the trip around the peninsula. The earliest canal, based on the Eider River, was built in 1784!
Geo: 54.4075, 10.2219
Yesterday we did small things in the local area and got the temporarily recalcitrant home internet rebooted.
It's remarkable how green and pretty the countryside is. The surprisingly small roads between here and Hamburg often wind through greenery with trees meeting overhead. There's barely a four-lane road to be seen and yet the traffic flows easily. Perhaps people use the train a lot?
This morning we drove north for an hour or so to Kiel and the Baltic Coast. Had a look at the Kiel Canal that connects the North and Baltic Seas by cutting through the base of the Jutland Peninsula. The canal can take ships up to 74,000t and the limiting factor is usually the maximum 42m bridge clearance height. Then a visit to the town of Laboe, a seaside resort that houses the German Naval Memorial.
Laboe seaside resortTaken from the top of the memorial tower. Kiel in the distance. What a day, around 30 degrees!
U Boat - U995Commissioned in Sep 43 and into action (after crew training) in Jun 44. U995 conducted nine patrols and sank a total of five vessels. It was moored in Trondheim at war's end and was surrendered to the British.
Engine RoomWonderfully presented with paint and lighting.
Bow torpedo roomThe four bow torpedo tubes (plus one in the stern). Carries a maximum of 12 torpedoes.
And crew sleeping space!
U995 data sheetIncluded for those who like details...(that would be me, for one).
Memorial tower and propellerThe propeller is from the German heavy cruiser, Prinz Eugen. This ship was with the Bismarck in the May 41 action that resulted in the sinking of the British battlecruiser Hood.