The narrowest ship channel in the world
The Corinth Canal is an amazing 6-kilometer shipping channel in Greece that connects the Aegean and Ionian seas. Not everyone dares to swim here.
1. It is a free-water canal in Greece connecting the Saronic Gulf of the Aegean and the Corinthian Gulf of the Ionian Sea. The name was in honor of the city of Corinth, located at the western end of the channel. The operation of the canal began in 1893.
2. It is considered the narrowest channel in the world for ships, because the width of the channel at sea level is 25 meters, and at the bottom of the sea - 21 meters. For example, large dry cargo ships and ocean liners are not exactly passable here, but all other vessels that fit in size should sail this place accompanied by special boats in order to avoid accidents.
3. The length of the channel is 6 kilometers, the depth is 8 meters. The walls of the canal are of natural origin, mainly limestone, the height of the walls reaches 76 meters.
4. Since ancient times, attempts have been made to build a canal in this place.The first mention refers to the VII century BC. Oe., when the Corinthian tyrant Periander, ranked among the seven sages of ancient Greece, tried to dig a waterway, but stopped work. The reason for the termination of work was Periander’s fear that, due to the disparity between the levels of the Aegean and Ionian seas, land might be flooded. According to another version, he was afraid to arouse the wrath of the gods.
5. About the possibility of laying the channel thought Demetrius Poliorket in 307 BC. er But he also left this thought when the Egyptian engineers, whom he hired to carry out his plan, assured him that the water level in the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf is not the same, and if you dig a strip of land, the waters of the Gulf of Corinth will flood into the Saronic Gulf, flood all the area and wash away the neighboring islands.
6. The construction of the Corinth Canal was carried out for more than ten years (1881–1893) by two and a half thousand workers. On August 7, 1893, a celebration was held to commemorate the opening of the Corinth Canal.
7. View from space:
8. Currently, the channel has partly lost its economic importance. Due to the narrowness of the waterway, reverse movement is organized in it. Large ocean vessels, whose width is close to 20 meters, cannot pass through the channel.
9.Large vessels pass the canal in tow, as there is a danger of wall erosion. Up to 15,000 ships pass through the canal a year.
10. But once on board a ship passing through this narrow Corinth Canal, one can observe an incredibly breathtaking spectacle, because it seems as if the 76-meter walls of limestone are about to close up, as in fantastic films.