A canal extending from the southeastern corner of the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. It enables large ships to avoid the long trip around Africa.
A 169km canal linking the Mediterranean with the Red Sea. The Canal was built between 1859 and 1869 by the Suez Canal Company under the supervision of the French engineer, Ferdinand de Lesseps. Unreliable winds in the Red Sea forced the tea clippers to take the long route round southern Africa, while steamships took full advantage of the newly-opened shortcut.
a ship canal in northeastern Egypt linking the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea
Artificial waterway in Egypt connecting the Mediterranean and Red seas. The canal is about 163 km (102 miles) long and at sea level, so no locks are required.
Built across Isthmus of Suez to connect Mediterranean Sea with Red Sea in 1869; financed by European investors; with increasing indebtedness of khedives, permitted intervention of British into Egyptian politics to protect their investment. (p. 791)
The Suez Canal (, ), is a large artificial maritime canal in Egypt west of the Sinai Peninsula. It is 163 km (101 miles) long and 300 m (984 ft) wide at its narrowest point, and runs between Port Said (BÅ«r Sa'Ä«d) on the Mediterranean Sea, and Suez (al-Suways) on the Red Sea.