Shi Lu (Shih Lu)

Shi Lu (Shih Lu)
SUBJECT AREA: Canals, Civil engineering
fl. late third century BC China
Chinese canal builder who constructed the oldest contour transport canal.
The background to Shi's work was the victorious campaign waged by the Qin emperor against the state of Yue. He scored a triumph by constructing the Ling Qu or "magic canal", by far the oldest contour transport canal in any civilization and which took the emperor's barges and warships across a mountain range. The canal joined the Xiang and Li rivers and included thirty-six lock gates.
Further Reading
J.Needham, Science and Civilisation in China, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1971, Vol. IV.3, pp. 299, 300, 303ff., 375.

Biographical history of technology. - Taylor & Francis e-Librar. . 2005.

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