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The national canal network of the United Kingdom fueled the Industrial Revolution, was superseded by trains, and then found a second life in the late 20th century.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