World’s Largest Ship Elevator

The Three Gorges Dam in China’s Hubei province is a 600-foot tall structure that sits in the middle of the busy Yangtze River waterway.  So, the logical question would be is: “how do ships navigate the extreme difference in water heights on either side of the dam?”  You build the world’s largest ship elevator of course.

The elevator, which opened in September 2016, weighs about 15,500 tons and can carry ships over 370 feet and lift about 6.7 million pounds of water or cargo.  Pretty impressive. According to the video below, it used to take three hours to go through a series of five locks to get from the bottom to the top the dam. Since the installation of the elevator, tourists on cruise ships can rest easy, the trip takes only a short forty minutes – and, by the looks of it, a pretty interesting ride itself.

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