Jahn Børe Jahnsen
This picture is shot from under the E18-bridge and shows the canal upstreams towards Landvikvannet. You can catch a glimpse of the bridge that was for E18 until about 1980 in the background.
This picture was shot in the same area but a little closer to the old bridge. This is where the canal is most narrow and the stream can be rather strong here from time to time.
E18-bridge over the canal
Sunseekers by the canal, just upstreams the E18-bridge
© Pictures by Karen Karlsen
Pictures from the inaugeration of the canal in 2004
© Pictures by Pål Bach
These pictures were shot during the inauguration in September 2004. They were shot at a place called Dammen, were the canal ends in the sea.
© Pictures by Pål Bach
It might seem odd, but shipbuilding has been a major trade in this area. Not only by the sea but also around Landviksvannet and Reddalsvannet. In this area there were plenty of forests with good wood for shipbuilding and plenty of good carpenters needing to earn extra. But of course it was no easy task to take the ships to the sea. The part between Reddalsvannet and Landviksvannet was the worst part.
The last part down to the sea was also rather tricky. At Dynemyr the river was wide and shallow and very close to the sea Dammen was the last obstacle.
One of the most famous Norwegian ships built here was S:t Oluf, a warship weighing 2 600 tons and with a crew of 1 500 men. It was built for king Fredrik II by Erick Munck at Møllepynten. To get the ship to the open sea Erick dredged the river at Dynemyr and moved the main stream from one side of the little island Dyneholmen to the other. These works were performed in 1570.
When the canal was built the waterlevel in Landviksvannet and Reddalsvannet was lowered between 2,1 and 2,5 meter and reached the same level as the sea. That meant that salt water got into the lakes, especially at high tides. Very soon the sweet water fishes that used to live in the lakes dissappeared. But there has been no noticable increase of saltwater fish in the lakes.
According to Den Norske Los the lowest free height in the canal is 7 meter. The depth in the canal has not been proparly measured in recent years but the Grimstad council states that it is no less then 3 feet at low water, so close to 1 meter. This goes for the canal between Landvikvannet and Reddalsvannet.
During the first years of the 21st century the canal has been restored. This was celebrated at a memorable inauguration in september 2004.
Late in 2006 works started on a new four lane bridge for E18 over the canal. This new bridge will be built were an old E18 bridge was situated. That bridge has been for pedastrians and bicycles the last decades.
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This page was modified at 12-08-06