Egypt; The Opening Of The Great Canal [by A. Russel: the opening of the great canal [by A. Russel

Paperback | July 9, 2012

byAlexander Russel

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ... are turned to watch the effect of the "wash" upon the banks--for on that, more than on anything else, depends the future of the Canal. For the first few miles on the route through Lake Menzaleh, where the banks, composed of the soil raised from the bottom by dredging, shelve very gently, the action of the water upon them in wake of the steamers was quite trifling, even as seen from a very large paddle-steamer placed about the middle of the procession. But soon, where the banks get steeper, though they are built of scrapings composed of mud rather than sand, and are slightly faced with stone, the "wash" was seen to operate so strongly as apparently to ensure a gradual falling in, requiring pretty constant dredging and rebuilding. A few miles from the entrance, a passenger took the improper liberty of sounding the Canal, and found the depth 21 feet, 4 inches, or about 7 feet below promise and announcement. About thirty miles from Port Said, we passed the vessel, the "Latif," which had been blocking the passage, but had been got out of the way. Hitherto all had gone pretty well, though slowly, and would have gone better but for our immediate predecessor being an ill-managed Egyptian steamer, which seemed more troubled with the breadth than the length of the road, and which, as she staggered about, swept down the posts erected to mark the channel. At dinner, we bumped, but got off again; and soon after a harder shock told that we had done it again, and more effectively. The coming catastrophe was visible to the most ignorant several minutes before it happened; the captain howled, but the steersmen were having a jocular conversation among themselves, and we ran hard and fast upon the bank. Then the captain cursed, and the pilot wrung his hands, and...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ... are turned to watch the effect of the "wash" upon the banks--for on that, more than on anything else, depends the futu...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:34 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021746856X

ISBN - 13:9780217468565

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