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A French frigate passes through the Channel of the Suez Canal, opened in 1869

A French frigate passes through the Channel of the Suez Canal, opened in Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Opening of Suez Canal 1869

Suez Canal, opened in 1869

A dredger and ships in the Suez Canal

A dredger and ships in the Suez Canal

Signalling Station Suez Canal  c 1880

Signalling Station Suez Canal c 1880

Suez canal... 1864 : 1869

The Suez Canal Company (Compagnie universelle du canal maritime de Suez) came into being on 15 December 1858 and work started on the shore of the future Port Said on 25 April

early 1900s

Mahmoudia Canal ( Nile water) near Alexandria, late

The only and rarest photo of Suez Canal opening, port saeed, 16 November 1869. In the photo khedive Ismaiel kissing the hand of empress Eugene of France.

The only and rarest photo of Suez Canal opening, port saeed, 16 November In the photo khedive Ismaiel kissing the hand of empress Eugene of France.

The Suez Canal (Arabic: قناة السويس‎ Qanāt al-Sūwais) is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Opened in November 1869 after 10 years of construction, it allows ships to travel between Europe and eastern Asia without navigating around Africa. The northern terminus is Port Said; the southern terminus is Port Tawfiq at the city of Suez. Ismailia is on its west bank, 3 km (1.9 mi) from the half-way point.[1]

Dredging equipment used in the construction of the Suez Canal.

Suez Canal, Egypt, early 1900s

Suez Canal, Egypt, early 1900s

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