The Ballard Locks will be empty this week


The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (more commonly known as the Ballard Locks) are a common attraction in Seattle. But if you pay a visit for the next week, you'll find that the large set of locks will be empty. And not just empty of boats. Empty of water.

The chamber has been emptied of water for annual maintenance, and if you stop by, you can take pictures of a big hole in the ground.

According to The Seattle Times, items found upon draining the chamber include cell phones, a two-way radio, a boot, beer cans, and prescription glasses. Nothing too exciting, I have to admit. Now, if they had found a bicycle...

Comments (9)
  1. Anonymous says:

    No concrete blocks with a couple of skeleton legs sticking out of them?

  2. Anonymous says:

    It would’ve been impressive if they had found a sunken boat. :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Don’t joke about bicycles… every now and the police and the water authority clean up the waterways in my city and this always yields an impressive number of bicycle carcasses. Going by the looks of it, it must account for a large chunk of the eternal bicycle theft problem.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Do you happen to live in amsterdam? (Anonymous Coward)

  5. Anonymous says:

    I remember hearing on the history channel that each year when the various locks on the Great Lakes are drained, they tend to find atleast one car somewhere.

  6. Anonymous says:

    On vacation in Amsterdam a couple of years ago, I saw a dredge maintaining a canal. It was full of bikes! I guess the combination of a very high percentage of the population having bikes, the ubiquitous canals, and the nearby bars leads to a great deal of cycling mishaps.

  7. Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Coward

    this gives away where you live, you must be from Amsterdam :)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Not just Amsterdam, every Dutch city really. Not sure what it is with canals, but they do attract bikes. A quick google tells me the city of Groningen managed to dredge 6000 metric tons of junk last year, mostly bikes and fridges!

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