Monday, 17 August 2015

The Mighty Rhine River

                           From Strasbourg our passage takes us down the Rhine for 500 kms.

Once on the Rhine we are in German waters

At first our passage is sedate on the locked upper Rhine

The last  Rhine lock is over 1000 kms  from the North Sea

The free flowing river picks up pace. 

Below Iffezheim lock the Rhine free flows to the sea, at up to 5 knots at times.

Rhine traffic, a busy river

The ubiquitous cruise ships

Blue Flagging, A constant lookout is essential

On the Rhine, because of the strong flow, commercial craft have absolute right of way, and may display a Blue board by their bridge, signalling their intention to pass to Starboard, ie the wrong side.

The Rhine Gorge is dramatic. Castles on every bend.

Vineyards stretch away up the valley sides

The infamous Loreley rock towers over a narrow 90 degree bend

Loreley (Lorelei) rock

The Rhine at Cologne, a much more passive river
The Cathedral defies the imagination of any scale

Antiope tucked up in Cologne marina, far left, the pontoon is 700m long. 

This Viking replica was also making a Rhine passage to the sea.

We met a crew of four Germans who had spent 10 years building this replica Viking ship and were making the passage from Switzerland to the sea.

Shingle banks exposed by low river levels

The Rhine was running almost 2m below its normal level, restricting traffic.
At Duisburg in the Rhur region, the Rhine had revealed RAF bombs.
Local boaters had never seen the river so low.

 Duisburg lock, Rhur valley

At Duisburg we leave the Rhine and enter the Rhein-Herne canal, on our way towards Berlin.


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