Leaving the North Sea and the Atlantic 53:40.00N 09:11.00E
We came into Brunnsbuttel as estimated around 16.00hrs. Passing down the Elberiver is quite an experience in our case with the tide running with us and a speed of sometimes 9,3knots over ground.
Traffic is heavy and when approaching the locks of Brunnsbuttel you prefer calm weather since waiting for clearance into the locks is common. After climbing up to the Kiel canal (and subsequently leaving the Atlantic)we tied up in the Brunnsbuttel marina just to port after clearing the locks.
The Kiel canal was widened by Hitler mainly for relocating warships between the Baltic and the North Sea.
It´s today the worls most trafficated man made waterway with around 50.000 ships and boats passing through the canal every year.
Tied up in the marina huge cargoships pass regularly just outside your window.