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Friday, July 1, 2011

Where has the ocean gone!....... Suez Canal 2

This morning we were `up early to see our entrance into the Suez Canal....  But not early enough as it was a big rush once we saw where we were....

Having an inside cupboard I couldn’t believe my eyes when I walked out the door and thought “Where has the ocean gone!” all I could see was sand... sand ..... and more sand...... we were in the canal...  On the other side of the ship there was a city.... so close it felt like you could reach out and touch it...

On the Sinai side it is all sandy and baron.... on the Egyptian side it is so lush.  Garry informs me that on that side they irrigate from the Nile River.

We transited the first half of the canal quite quickly and it was not long that we reached the Bitter lakes... this is a large lake where the ships  travelling North bound  and those travelling south bound cross over..... Here we were suppose to stop for an hour or so whilst we wait for the south bound ships to pass.... well everyone seems to be running early and captain said we will not be stopping but continuing our transit ..... as we approached the mouth of the next canal we saw the last of the south bound boats exit. 

As we moved further along we passed the Jabal Mary Am War Memorial an obelisk structure then on reaching the town of Ismailia we passed the Bayonet Shaped Suez War Memorial.

Next point of interest was the El Ferdan Rail Bridge which is the longest swing span Bridge in the world.  The last major landmark was the Suez Bridge which we passed under with only 20 metres clearance.  It was not long after this that thanks to the Captain and his negotiations skills we pulled up alongside the Port Said Dock...... yay!!!   But that is another blog entry......


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