Boat lift
A boat lift, ship lift, or lift lock is a machine for transporting boats between water at two different elevations, and is an alternative to the canal lock and the canal inclined plane
Canal inclined plane
An inclined plane is a system used on some canals for raising boats between different water levels. Boats may be conveyed afloat, in caissons, or may be carried in cradles or slings. It can be considered as a specialised type of cable railway....


It may be either vertically moving, like the ship lifts in Germany
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, Belgium
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, the lift at "Les Fontinettes
Fontinettes Boat Lift
The Fontinettes Boat Lift was built in the late 19th century in Arques, near Saint-Omer in the Pas-de-Calais to connect the River Aa and the Neufossé Canal in France....

" in France
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 or the Anderton boat lift
Anderton Boat Lift
The Anderton Boat Lift near the village of Anderton, Cheshire, in north-west England provides a vertical link between two navigable waterways: the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal....

 in England
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, or rotational, like the Falkirk Wheel
Falkirk Wheel
The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift located in Scotland, UK,connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal, opened in 2002. It is named after the nearby town of Falkirk which is in central Scotland...

 in Scotland
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The first known boat lift was a 2.5 ton tub boat lift
Tub boat lift
A tub boat lift is a type of boat lift designed to lift tub boats between different elevations of a canal. Tub boats are small boats used to transport coal and other minerals, sometimes working singly, sometimes in long trains. A tub boat lift lifts the boat out of the water...

 on the Churprinz mining canal in Halsbrücke
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 near Dresden
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