"Fleet" is the North German word for a ditch that served (some still do) the draining of a place. It is derived from the Low German word "fleeten" (High German: "fließen") = to flow. The best known "Fleete" are in Hamburg. The backs of the houses alongside the Hamburg Fleete point towards the water, the front to the street. The "Fleete" also served the distribution of goods that arrived on large vessels in Hamburg Port, were then unloaded and reloaded into much flatter and smaller boats to be brought to their respective destinations in town. Unlike canals, the "Fleete" follow the tidal movement of the water. So a "Fleet" is an artifical and FLOWING water, while a canal is an artificial STANDING water. (My humble translation after the article on "Fleet" in www.wikipedia.org). - Leica - - Leica - (I took the upper one from the bridge you can see in this pic here, and I also took these here [http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41521] from that very bridge) As you can see, I was not blessed with the loveliest of weathers when I went on my excursion into Hamburg last Friday, it was not only cold and grey, but even foggy ... but you can still make out Chile-House in the background, if you have looked at my Chile-House photos carefully .