Photographer's Note

During weekends a lot of people are sitting by the Suez Canal and watching ships.

Suez Canal connects the Red Sea with the Eastern Mediterranean Sea it extends 101 miles (163km) from Port Said to the Gulf of Suez and allows ships to sail directly between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. Built by the French-owned Suez Canal Co., it was completed in 1869 after a decade of construction. Its ownership remained largely in French and British hands until Egipt nationalized it in 1956, setting off an international crisis. It has a min. width of 179ft. (55m) and a depth of about 40ft. (12m) at low tide. Through protected by international treaty, the canal has been closed twice. The first closing was during the Suez crisis. The canal was closed again by the six-day war (1967) and remained inoperative unti 1975. It is one of the world's most heavily used shipping lines.
Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica

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