From the archives: On the canal

The rise and fall and rise of the British canal; Dutch canal vaulting; the proposed canal to cut off a country; and the fifteen ships trapped on the Suez Canal for eight years.

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Lesbardd, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The national canal network of the United Kingdom fueled the Industrial Revolution, was superseded by trains, and then found a second life in the late 20th century.


Don’t you think pole vaulting would be more interesting if you’re vaulting over a canal?


In the midst of a diplomatic crisis with Qatar, Saudia Arabia threatened to build a canal across their entire land border. It would turn Qatar into an island.


The 1967 Six-Day War trapped fifteen ships (and their crews) in the Suez Canal… for eight years.

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