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Plofsluis

Plofsluis

The Plofsluis, or Thud Lock, over the Amsterdam Rhine Canal.

The Dutch Water Line was created in the 17th century (the Dutch golden age) and maintained until 1940, to protect the populous (and wealthy) western part of the country. It was an inundation area, it could turn the western area into an easy to defend island.

The Amsterdam Rhine Canal, started in the 1930s, would be a weak point in the defense line, as water would just flow away through the canal. The Plofsluis would be created to prevent that. It would be filled with a mixture of sand, gravel and explosives, and would be blown up if necessary, closing off the canal.

Construction started in the late 1930s. When the German army invaded in 1940 the Plofsluis was not yet finished, but the Rotterdam Blitz showed it was already obsolete, the water line could not defend against modern air crafts. After the war the water line was discontinued, and the Plofsluis was never completely finished. It is still there, for anyone to see, as a monument to a time that never was. The canal was later widened at the spot, and today the ships just go around it.

Plofsluis, Nieuwegein

A fisher enjoying a quiet spot behind the Plofsluis

Plofsluis, Nieuwegein

Plofsluis

Plofsluis, Nieuwegein

The Amsterdam Rhine Canal with the Plofsluis

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