The time-dependent motion of fluid in a circular tank with a radial barrier as a result of an increase in angular velocity of the tank is investigated. The length of the barrier is considered as the main experimental parameter. The flow field immediately after the increase in angular velocity is calculated analytically. Experiments have been performed with a tank placed on a rotating table. Quantitative results for the time-dependent flow were obtained by the tracking of small particles floating at the free surface of the fluid. The flow appears to be characterized by separation from the end of the barrier and the subsequent formation of a stable vortex pattern. The trajectory of the vortex that is shed from the end of the barrier is determined with dye visualization, and compared with analytical results from a point-vortex model.