Sjötorp Lock 1, Gota Canal

Motala, Mariestad

When you arrive at the first lock in Sjötorp, the lock keeper will help you with the lines - passengers cannot go ashore because of the high jetties along the lock.

Formal name:
Konstitutionen/The Constitution.

Built: 1817.

Technical facts: A single lock with a rise of 2.9 metres.

History of the lock

The canal builders encountered severe difficulties here on the shores of Lake Vänern. The basin behind the retaining wall leaked, storms caused flooding and several vessels foundered. During the winter of 1994-1995, the old jetty and breakwaters were repaired using the same methods as in von Platen’s time.