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Ship lifting
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1. Definition

The term ship lifting is a neologism of the late 19th century; it refers primarily to mechanisms for raising watercraft vertically. We generally distinguish ship lifting by means of inclined planes (slideway, rolling bridge), locks (Sluice), and vertical elevators. 

2. Inclined plane

A slideway is a flat ramp over which a boat is pulled out of the water and dragged over an isthmus to the nearest waterway. The Diolkos on the Ishthmus of …

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Schinkel, Eckhard, “Ship lifting”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027097>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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