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date: 20 September 2019

Suez Canal. 

The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea
 Dear Dear, Peter KempPeter Kemp

The canal, still one of the world's most heavily used shipping lanes, is 163 kilometres (101 mls.) long, and connects the Mediterranean at Port Said with the Red Sea at Port Suez. Proposals for such a waterway date back over 4,000 years, and during the Roman occupation of Egypt work was started in cutting a canal. This linked the River Nile with the Red Sea along the course of a previous small canal which had been in existence 700 years earlier. However, this venture never reached fruition, nor did the plans drawn up by one of Napoleon's engineers when France occupied Egypt at the beginning of the 19th century. It was eventually begun in ... ...

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