Sjötorp Lock no. 1
Formal name: Konstitutionen (the Constitution), after the one recently ratified, following the deposition of King Gustav IV Adolf.
Year of construction: 1817
Technical facts: This is a single lock with a rise of 2.9 metres.
Sjötorp lock no. 1 is popularly known as Sjöslussen (the Lake Lock) and is the Göta Canal’s gateway to Lake Vänern. lock keeper’s house was built in 1857 and has been home to loggers, a carpenter and a chauffeur, all of whom also worked as lock keepers. Today, the house serves as a ticket office, where lock keepers encounter people travelling the canal.
The canal builders faced major difficulties here, by the shores of Lake Vänern. The quay dam was leaking, storms caused flooding and several ships sank before construction was finally under control. In the winter of 2017-18, the outer pier and the breakwaters were renovated. This project was part of the major renovation programme Göta Canal 2.0 – the most significant restoration work carried out since the canal’s opening in 1832.