Antwerp heritage

Bonaparte Lock

Bonaparte Lock, which dates from 1811, was Antwerp’s first tidal lock. It was built at the same time as Bonaparte Dock and Willem Dock, which were commissioned by Napoleon.

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  • Aerial photo of Bonaparte Lock from 1934
  • Map of Bonaparte Dock and Willem Dock
  • Lithograph “Downhill reach of Bonaparte Lock” (Steinbach)
  •  Photo of Bonaparte Lock and the retractable bridge circa 1900
  • Ship entering Bonaparte Lock in 1903
  •  Filling in of Bonaparte Lock in 1974