Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Corinth Canal


This photo is really special to me. I've been to the Corinth Canal several times, but this is the first time I've managed to photograph a ship sailing through it.


The Corinth Canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, effectively making the Peloponnese the largest Greek island.

The Canal was built between 1881-1893, it's 6.3 kilometres long and 24.6 metres wide at sea level. Its construction was planned, organised and supervised by the Hungarian architects István Türr and Béla Gerster. The Canal has been open to traffic since October 1893 and has reduced the distance between the ports of the Aegean and the Adriatic Sea by 131 nautical miles (243 kilometres).

10 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

This is great! What a wonderful place: I could stay there taking pictures of ships for hours...

Tinsie said...

You would too - very few go through, and they take for ever to cross (esp. the larger ones that make for the most dramatic photos), so you need a lot of patience.

Vogon Poet said...

OK, thank for the advice...

Tinsie said...

If you do make it over to Greece, let me know and I'll tell you where to stand for the best pictures :-)

colormesunshine said...

wow...the canal looks really narrow and you've got a lovely shot

Tinsie said...

It is indeed very narrow - not so bad at the surface, but it shrinks considerably at the point where it reaches sea level.

Steffe said...

I once took a taxi from Patras to Athens. That was a fun ride. Nice shot of the canal.

Tinsie said...

Thanks. I bet the ride between Patras and Athens was (ahem) interesting.

Steffe said...

Very much so as the taxi driver stopped half way and lightet up what was not a cigarette! We had missed the ferry and that was the reason for travelling by taxi. We surprised a couple of girls that had taken an earlier ferry by arriving hours before them!

Tinsie said...

Didn't even know there was a boat from Patras to Athens. I bet it takes for ever!