The Dutch Canal in the Afternoon #2
Fishing and sightseeing boats moored outside their owners’ homes on the Dutch Canal in Negombo, Sri Lanka. While the canal predates the arrival of the Dutch East India Company, and is part of what once was a wide network of canals first mentioned in the 8th Century, the so-called Dutch Canal was repaired and deepened by the Dutch in the 17th Century. It is sometimes mistakenly called the Hamilton Canal, though the latter was built in 1804 by Garvin Hamilton, during the British period, and only connects the city of Colombo to the Negombo Lagoon, whereas the modern Dutch Canal connects the Negombo Lagoon to the Maha Oya further north.
This was shot from the Customs House Road bridge in May 2015. In the distance is the Main Street bridge.
About bridges; a part of my childhood was spent in Hendala, which lies between Colombo and Negombo, and I remember trips to the beach required crossing the Hamilton Canal on a floating footbridge of loosely connected wooden pallets. It was a precarious undertaking for a small boy, and I still remember falling in, and my father fishing me out by the scruff of my neck.