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After a day of rain on the Thursday we woke up to a lovely day although quite a strong wind. One of the reasons for stopping in this part of Schleswig- Holstein was to see the Kiel Canal.

The Kiel Canal runs between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea and is 61 miles long. For ships the canal saves on average 250 nautical miles (460 km) by not going around the Danish Jutland Peninsula. This not only saves time but also avoids potentially dangerous storm-prone seas.

The first connection of the North and Baltic Seas was completed in 1784(This area then part of Denmark –Norway) using parts of the Eider River to link the two seas When the area became part of the Prussian empire in the 19th century a combination of navel and commercial pressure resulting in the building of a new canal. The work was started in 1887 and it took 8 years to build. Between 1907 and 1914 the canal width was increased allowing the passage of Dreadnought-sized battleships.

Our first sight of seeing the canal was waiting for a small car ferry to cross the canal. Once on the other side a few minutes later we parked up and found the canal path. As we walked we saw many pleasure craft but only two commercial ships. Must have been a quiet day. It was a good easy walk along the canal so we went further than we originally planned. By the time we got back to the car we realised we had done at least 5 miles maybe more.

On our return to base we called in Rendsburg (for an afternoon drink) before driving along the canal back to base. This time we saw a big container ship.

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