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  • Zuid Willemvaart - Maastricht
      Zuid Willemvaart
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Favorite thing: Nowadays no one can see them anymore, but elder people may remind that they were there: the towns canal?s. There was a canal from Liege to Maastricht and in the old days it was a picturesque place. The cannal got filled up with the creation of the Kesselskade and the Maasboulevaard, when the Wilhelminabridge was build. Imagine the canals were still there, with boats in them and small bridges going over them, parallel at the river Maas. A bit of history about this canal. This canal was meant to prolonge the canal that went to Den Bosch. In this way Liege mines, industries and coal caves got connected. A canal to Liege, parallel along the river Maas strarted at the bassin and was 35 kilometres. The canal went trough the cultivation, the bolstraat needed to be broken as well as Bat and Vissermarkt. Awall at the Maas needed to be broek down and reconstructed.(Maastricht was still a fortifiation town) Unque is that the Belgians payed for the building of the canal. After the seperation Atwerpes tried to make the canal of less importance. Belgium stayed formally the owner of the canal and was the employee of the pesonal. In the ninetheenth century the Belgiums saw in the canal only a irritating competion and started to build a bigger canal on Belgium ground, the Albert canal, passing by Maastricht on the West side. The dutch came with the Juliana canal as an answer (1925-1934). The waters of the canal, as said got all filled up, these days. But at the lake the ?visvijver? near the ?rondeel vijf koppen? you find the only left piece of canal. The river Jeker crossed the canal at the Helpoort. After the second worldwar the Maas got better shaped for shipping traffic so the canal was less needed. In 1951 the city saw that the land traffic got hindered by the canal and it decided to fill the cannal up. A lot of rests of the roman bridge were found during the construction works. At the other west-north side
Of the bassin ther is the Zuid-Willemvaart. A scenic canal with bridges dating back from the 19 th century. It functioned to make the Peel less isolated in order to transport peat for Holland. The provinces were not really willing to pay for this canal, for which the toll was not high enough to pay maintenance costs. The canal goes to Smeermaas. The bad relation between Netherlands and Belgium caused problems. The belgiums kept water for the acres in warm summers by closing the flootgates, so that Maastricht got problems with ship traffic. The Zuid-Willemvaart is however a nice canal to bike along in the fileds.

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  • Written Apr 16, 2008
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