Trip Start Jan 05, 2011
56Trip End Apr 26, 2011
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From, Aqaba, Jordan, we sailed southwest through the Gulf of Aqaba and into the Gulf of Suez. We anchored at Suez. Just before dawn Olav hoisted the anchor, and we entered the 118 mile Suez Canal, leading a convoy of ships. The canal was built by the French in 1869.
Unlike the Panama Canal the Suez Canal does not require locks since the water level does not change between the Gulf of Suez and the Mediterranean Sea. The weather was balmy with clouds filtering the sunlight. The temperature was cool.
The passage was uneventful but interesting
Military bases dotted the shoreline at approximately one mile distances on both sides of the canal. As we passed, the troops whistled cheered, and waved. A few even raised their AK 47s in an enthusiastic greeting. The Sinai side of the canal is mostly a desert of large sand dunes and no life except the ever present military.
At 4:30 PM we entered the Mediterranean Sea.