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Écluse 26 Océan - Bessons - Canal du Centre - near Vitry-en-Charollais - France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ntpayne
N 46° 28.747 E 004° 03.690
31T E 581481 N 5147829
Quick Description: This is lock number 26 Océan on the Canal du Centre and is known as Bessons.
Location: Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France
Date Posted: 5/3/2019 11:09:33 AM
Waymark Code: WM10G94
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
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Long Description:
This is lock number 26 Océan on the Canal du Centre and is known as Bessons. It is situated about three kilometres north of the village of Vitry-en-Charollais.

The Canal du Centre runs from Digoin at its western end up to Chalon-sur-Saône at the other, thus providing a route from the Loire to the Saône. This canal therefore enabled through passage from the Mediterranean via the Rhône onto the Saône and then the Loire to the Atlantic at Nantes.

The canal was opened in 1792 primarily to transport coal from the mines around Montceau-les-Mines. It is 112 kilometres long and has 61 locks which are not manned; they are set from a command centre that boaters have to keep in touch with by telephone as they travel the canal. Once in each lock the boater has to pull a cord to start the lock operation. When the operation is complete and the gates open they have one minute to leave the lock before the gates close – that could be fun if they're sharing with a lot of boats.

The locks are built to the Freycinet standard size of 38.5 x 5.05 metres.

There are 26 locks on the western side of the summit numbered 1 to 26 with a suffix of Océan indicating the lock is on the Atlantic side of the summit.

There are 35 locks on the eastern side of the summit numbered 1 to 35 with a suffix of Méditerranée indicating the lock is on the Mediterranean side of the summit.
Waterway Name: Canal du Centre

Connected Points:
The Canal du Centre runs from Digoin at its western end up to Chalon-sur-Saône at the other, thus providing a route from the Loire to the Saône. At Digoin it meets the Canal Latéral à la Loire which then joins the River Loire which runs to the Atlantic at Nantes. At Chalon-sur-Saône it meets the River Saône which then joins the Rhône which runs down to the Mediterranean.


Type: Lock

Date Opened: 1/1/1792

Elevation Difference (meters): 2.00

Site Status: Operational

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Date Closed (if applicable): Not listed

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