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Photograph - HMS Crocodile, Suez Canal, Egypt, circa 1886 Image Reg. No: MM 117216

Summary:
One of four albumen silver photographs depicting the Suez Canal, circa 1880s.

The Suez Canal is a part natural and part man-made sea-level waterway through eastern Egypt connecting the Mediterranean and Red Seas. While primitive channels in the region had been used by shipping from ancient times, the modern canal route was constructed over a 10 year period by the French-based Suez Canal Company (Compagnie Universelle du Canal Maritime de Suez), under the direction of the former diplomat and entrepreneur Ferdinand de Lesseps. Construction commenced at Port Said on 25th April 1859 and the canal was officially opened to shipping on 17th November 1869, although the construction was not finally completed until 1871. In its original form the Suez Canal was 102 miles (164 km) long and 26 ft (8 m) deep, but has subsequently been enlargement several times to measure 193.3 km (120.1 miles) long and 205 metres (673 ft) wide by 24 m (79 ft) deep as of 2010.
Description:
Albumen silver photograph.
Description Of Content:
British Euphrates class troopship HMS Crocodile passing through the Suez Canal.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Ada Turner
Acknowledgement:
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 214 mm (Height), 277 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, sailing vessels, ships, water transport, photography, warships, channels, british military, canals waterways, british empire
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Ports & Harbours
Tertiary Classification: suez canal
Inscriptions: Printed in cream on front of photograph below image: 'Zangaki / No 95 Transport Crocodil passent le Chantier VI'
Format: Photograph: Monochrome
Place & Date Depicted: Suez Canal, Egypt, circa 1886
Photographer: Zangaki, circa 1886
Ship Depicted: Royal Navy, circa 1886

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