Dr. Suess and boating

I am not a Dr. Suess fan… yes, I’ll admit it. Never cared for it. I can’t remember having liked his work even as a kid. Melanie and Dane, they love his stuff. As payback for various sins, I had to read various Dr. Suess books to Dane in his pre-reading days.

Little did I know that the (neverending) "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" started with a boat story.

According to this nifty little kids biography, Dr. Suess was on a boat trip home from Europe when he became fascinated by the sound of the engine. The rhythm led him to write the "Mulberry Street" story. If you are a Dr. Suess fan, check out this kids book:

Continental Divide

>>> Continental Divide

Not our usual type of link for Craft A Craft, but given that I’m both a "boat guy" and a "computer guy" I found this of lots of interest. Its a "dissertation" with lots of pictures and the like on how to compulationally find the actual continental divide (i.e. the point where water will either flow to the Atlantic or the Pacific if in the United States).

One piece of trivia mentioned was that at one point in South America, the continental divide is actually under water and you can sail over it.

More boat lifts

Our friend Klaus Hafner sends us more links to interesting boat lifts on canals around the world.

I thought I had covered the Falkirk Wheel before, but I don’t see it now. Its a fascinating and beautiful piece of engineering. Isn’t even as energy intensive as you might think, given the balance between the two (extremely large) tubs of water. I hadn’t seen this video of it in operation before:

Yet another design is shown on this French page. You can see some drawings/pictures part way down the page.

Klaus reports that wet and cold are keeping him from outdoor boat welding, but he is working on some plastic work for tankage.

Incline railway/boat lift

>>> Incline railway/boat lift

Since we’re on a roll again with boat transport methods, here’s an interesting site. It is only in French or Dutch, but the pictures and panoramic view pretty much show the deal. Sail a couple of boats into a large "tub" of water, then raise it up the side of a hill 🙂

Make sure and check the photo gallery for some in-use pictures in addition to some closeups of a model version.