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Carmen 05-14-2006 03:05 PM

Danube Gorge and Rhine-Main-Danube-Canal
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Here are some photos of our recent trip to Kelheim, a nice little town on the Danube River where the Rhine-Main-Danube-Canal is entering the Danube River.

Photos are showing the Danube Gorge, the old King-Ludwig-Main-Danube-Canal (end at Kelheim), castle on the bluffs with wooden bridge over the canal, Kelheim lock on the canal, typical German self driven unit. The lock chambers on the canal are 620 feet long and 39 feet wide.





Carmen 05-14-2006 03:10 PM

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And here are two more (the Danube Gorge and the old canal).




Shipyard Sam 05-17-2006 11:01 AM

Euro Boats

Thanks for the pictures of very romantic-looking scenery. That canal barge really picqed my interest. It's just too bad that something like that wouldn't work over here. Do the boatmen still live aboard with their families; or is that all a thing of the past? My brother lived in Brussels, and he fell in love with the canal boats. Thanks for bringing European boating to our attention. There are so many beautiful boats stiil operating "across the pond". What we see here, mostly, are plastic-trailers-on-a-raft sort of thingys. Keep 'em coming.

Attached is my fav steamboat from your side of the world. Note how the boat and the Captain both mave moustaches. Now that's what I call the perfect match between boat and man.


Jim Reising 05-18-2006 11:51 AM

Same as Here....Almost should journey across the pond and view their rivers; you'll find river people are river people only the names are different. Yes, the whole family lives on the barge and usually they have the family car tucked nealy on the stern. It does look funny to see lace curtains in the windows, the family dog laying outside the kitchen door and momma hanging laundry on the line, but the man between the sticks is the same as here.....shorts, tee shirt, feet up on the console, a cup of coffee in one hand and a cigarette in the other.

Shipyard Sam 05-18-2006 01:07 PM


Boy, wouldn't I LOVE to live like that! My brother, Rich, lives all the map, but he really loves those canal barges. Maybe he and I could go halvers on one. There's always one for sale, but I would want to haul stuff as I not rich enough to loaf on one.

Carmen 05-19-2006 04:45 AM


You´re absolutely correct. Most of those self driven units are family owned and operated (working together with other boats in some kind of cooperation). Usually the family lives aboard and I always wonder how they get those cars on the boats (sometimes even two of them). Some of the women do have licenses too.

Many of the boats do have websites and some of them even offer cruises. Here´s one website of the MS Jenny (also operating for science exhibitions):

[url][/url] (try "unser Team", "Schiffernachwuchs" and "Bilder vom Schiff" / you have to scroll down a bit for the last one)

The family is from Wuerzburg on the Main River and a 5th generation river family. They do have two guest quarters on their boat. The wife has her own license and there´s even an organisation for river-women:


There´s an organisation caring for the kids while the parents are on the rivers:


Unfortunately all websites are in German. But you can have a look on the pictures there.


Jim Reising 05-19-2006 10:32 AM

German Cruise Photo
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I am going to attempt to upload a photo I took last summer on the Rhine Danube Canal. The pilot is on the wing bridge guiding the boat using a joy stick. He is nudging the boat into the bank while we await lock turn and another boat is coming around the bend behind us.

Jim Reising 05-19-2006 04:18 PM

Rhine River Passing Signals
On the Rhine River boats pass port to port, or as we would say on the one whistle side. That is the rule and they navigate accordingly, BUT if they need to pass stbd. to stbd. (two whistle side) all Rhine River boats have a blue board about 1 meter square on the right side of the wheelhouse. Normal this board is in the horizontal position or laying flat. If the pilot wants to pass on the starboard side, he rotates the board to the vertical position so its visible to the pilot on the approaching boat. No whistles are blown. The pilot on the approaching boat rotates his board to show that he understands the passing arrangements. At night the board has a light in the center of it which is lit. I believe they refer to this as "passing board to board".

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