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    Question about harbor gates...

    Discussion in 'Research' started by D-Doc, Jan 3, 2012.

    Is it plausible that in the ancient world there could be a massive gate at the mouth of a harbor that lets ships in and out? One that must be opened and shut with a key (perhaps a key to a gatehouse or a wench)?

    I was picturing something like the old drawings of the Colossus of Rhodes, but instead of a massive statue there will be a large gate. Most modern harbors are good examples too, but at the mouth between the jetties there would be a large gate.
     
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    It would be completely plausable. Do you mean one that swings? One that comes up out of the water would be more likely.
     
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    yes, because a swinging gate would have to fight the force of the water and tide, while a rising one simply slides up into it...

    google the 'thames barrier' for diagrams of that unique method of flood control...
     
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    Very interesting. Thanks for the advice, and especially for pointing out the likelihood of a rising gate rather than a swinging one.
     

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