Fintele

Where the Lo Canal and the Yser merge lies a place called Fintele. Records from as far back as the 13th century mention a windlass that connected the Lo Canal with the Yser and pulled boats across a dam from one waterway to the other. The name “Fintele” possibly is a transformation of a 13th century word “Wind-ele” meaning the place ( ele) where the windlass ( windas) was located. The windlass was built out of two big wheels on a thick axle and was located on the Yser bank where the Lo Canal flows into the Yser. Small boards were fixed onto the wheels and the women of Fintele walked on the boards in order to make the wheels turn. The ship, connected to the wheels by ropes, were torn over the road, in a greased ditch. The boats that were transferred had a loading capacity of 12 to 15 tons and a draught of only 50 cm.
On the commemorative stone near the bridge you can read that the first stone-laying of the present lock complex goes back to 1827. The construction was carried out under the authority of William I of the Netherlands.