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'The First mode of pasing wide and deep Valleys', 1796.

'The First mode of pasing wide and deep Valleys', 1796.
3 8 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 30cm


Engraving after a drawing by inventor Robert Fulton (1765-1815), from his 'A treatise on the improvement of canal navigation' (London, 1796). Two inclined planes are shown here, with an oval pasing point on the bridge at the bottom. This design saved the expense of building an aqueduct. Many canals were built in England in the late 18th century. Fulton was convinced that expensive locks and aqueducts were not necesary. He believed it would be cheaper to use small canals with inclined planes between different levels and cable viaducts over rivers. 'Tub and cistern' lifting motors provided the power. He also discused designs for iron and wooden bridges.

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