Suez Canal, Egypt


April 7, 2012

The Suez Canal.  This is our second trip through it, so we did not feel a need to be up as we entered the canal.  The canal is a marvelous feat of engineering.  No doubt about that.  But compared to the Panama Canal?  There is no comparison.  The Suez is basically a very long ditch that is deep enough that large ships can pass through it.

Egypt’s Suez canal pretty much runs through the desert.  On the African side there are a number of small cities to be seen, which do have trees.  On the Sinai side (Asia), the land is pretty much barren.  There are ferries crossing in multiple locations.  And there are fishing boats in the canal, which sometimes don’t seem to understand that if they want to live, they need to get out of the path of the large ships.  The photo to the right is of ships coming up from the south end of the canal into the Great Bitter Lake.  The second photo is of the north end of the canal as you enter it from the Great Bitter Lake.

The way the canal works is that a convoy starts through the canal from each end at a specific time in the morning, and the convoys meet at the Great Bitter Lake at the canal’s mid-point.  The caravan with more ships has the right of way at the lake and continues straight through.  The shorter caravan waits in the lake until the longer one has passed through.  Generally, if a cruise ship is in the lineup it gets to lead the caravan.

Along the way there are a couple of interesting monuments and a couple of bridges.  All are on the northern section of the canal.  The first monument is from World War I (photo below) and is dedicated to the defense of the Suez Canal.

The second monument, which is designed to look like an AK-47 is from the Yom Kippur War.  Both are located at Ismalia (top photo).  The defense monument is on the west side of the canal and the Yom Kippur Monument can be seen shortly thereafter on the east side of the canal.

The Suez Canal Bridge, which is also known as the Shohada 25 January Bridge or the Egyptian-Japanese Friendship Bridge has pylons that are shaped like obelisks.  The design is simple, but beautiful.

The remaining photos in the album are of various things seen as we passed through the canal.

                                                                      World War 1 Monument 

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