December 1869: Suez Canal

The 163km-long canal linking the Mediterranean and Red seas is as important as a trading route today as it was when it was first opened in 1869

The Suez Canal has been blessed; the Suez Canal has been opened; the Suez Canal is a constructive success. That is to say, a success with limitations, a success bearing to absolute and complete success the proportion of seventeen to twenty-four or thereabouts; seventeen representing the number of feet of water drawn by the most deeply-laden ship for which it may be considered the canal is really available, and twenty-four the number of feet draft which the canal, if really complete, would accommodate…

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