Swing bridge, canal bridge… how strange!
The Garonne Canal has many engineering structures, some of which are as ingenious as they are spectacular. The Cacor canal-bridge and the Saint-Jacques swing bridge, both in Moissac, or the water slope in Montech are good excuses for a stopover. The water slope deserves an explanation: built in the 1970s, this system was unique in the world. It consisted of a channel parallel to the canal where two high-powered tractors equipped with a watertight mask pushed up and held back a triangle of water on which the boat floated down. This structure replaced five locks and was a real attraction, both for the spectators comfortably seated on the bank and for the freshwater sailors.