March 25th, 2013

A ship-lock (lockages) in Holland, between rivers Maas and Dieze near city 's-Hertogenbosch and village Engelen.

Sluis Engelen 3

00.00 entering and moor of the party-boat with a dozen calm people. The noise of water falling in lock.
02.10 15.47 entering and moor of the barge. Idle running of the diesel ships engine and the people talking. The noise of propeller-water.
08.20 opening and closing of a litter-container by the shipmates.
10.35 – 13.20 creaking of the massive oak lock doors, caused by the rising water (sounds like hammering).
15.40 – 17.30 Leaving gate of the party boat
17.30 – 20.03 Leaving gate of the cargo-ship
20.03 sound of water-waves in sluice.
21.10 deep bang-sound of the traffic-bridge closing
21.10 waves, traffic and kids of a school-class passing the sluice-bridge

23.00 – 36.00 a to long tug-boat enters the lock. The two parts of the ship had to be disconnected to fit in the sluice. This gives a lot of great noise. You hear the Germans speaking shipmates communicate by a walkie-talkie, the rumble noise of the ship-part hitting each other and the concrete walls of the lock. It's a constant labour for the shipmates to have the ship in the correct position during the lowering of the water.

36.00 – 27.29 idle running of ships engines. Kids in the background.
27.29 – END lock-door opens; sailing and connecting the two parts of the ship in the lock. Nice noise again of metal and communicating shipmates. Than the traffic over the bridge again.

recorded: sluis Engelen, Henriettewaard, Graaf van Solmsweg, 's-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch), Holland (Netherlands).
Weather conditions: March 21, 2013, 2 pm. Temp 5c, wind 1 bft variable directions, cloudy.
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