Mem Lock, Gota Canal

Motala, Norrköping

The northern part of the lock wall towards Slätbaken contains an inscription with a passage from the Book of Psalms: “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.”


Formal name:  Bengt Erland Franc Sparre (Chairman of the canal company after Baltzar von Platen).

Built: 1831 - 1832.

Technical facts: The lock is a single lock with a rise of three metres. It is built of granite and  hydraulically operated. Mem lock was the last to be built, and it was here the Göta Canal was officially inagurated by the King Carl XIV Johan. 



Contact information

AB Göta kanalbolag
Box 3
59121 Motala
Phone: +46-141202050


Opening hours

2018 Göta Canal is open:
Booking season May 2 - June 10
High season June 11 - August 15
Booking season August 16 - September 30