Are you familiar with the most epic man-made waterways in the world?
Thanks to the brilliant minds and great men who spent their lives on the construction of these structures, we have a lot to be proud of. However, not all of these waterways have a background as smooth-flowing as the waters that run through them. Lives were also lost during the construction of some of the following waterways. However, these structures save thousands of kilometers of dangerous travel and make life easier and faster for us and the generations to come.
Be amazed by these engineering masterpieces that were created by men hundreds of years before us.
The Corinth Canal is only 21.3 meters wide. Because of its slim width, vessels passing through the canal are also limited. Corinth Canal saves distance between the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf from 343 kilometers to only 6.4 kilometers. The 19th century passage creates a steep cliff rise as high as 63 meters and is now used by small-ship cruise lines.
Gota Canal, Sweden
Between 1810 and 1832, engineer Baltzar von Platen spearheaded 60,000 soldiers for the construction of the 190-kilometer Gota Canal. The canal connects Stockholm and Gothenburg with a series of locks, 58 in all, within the canal. Among them, the Trollhattan Canal Museum is the highlight which has four locks and a drop of 32 meters.
Kiel Canal, Germany
The European version of Panama, North Sea-Baltic Canal is limited to smaller ships only due to its 42-meter height restriction. Kiel Canal connects the North Sea at Brunsbuttel and the Baltic at Kiel-Holtenau. This 98-kilometer canal took eight years to construct. It is crossed by 11 bridges and cruised by 40,000 ships annually.
Panama Canal, Republic of Panama
Panama Canal is the most famous of all the man-made waterways in the world. The 77-kilometer canal connects the Atlantic and the Pacific, and saves a very dangerous journey of 12,875 kilometers into the southern tip of South America. Its construction was completed in 1914 by the US after a French company abandoned it in 1894.
Rhine-Main-Danube Canal, Germany
This European canal connects the continent’s three major rivers namely the Rhine, Main and Danube. The concept of its construction dates back to the 8th century but the work only started in 1837. The Rhine-Main-Danube Canal makes it possible to travel anywhere in the 15 landlocked countries of Europe.
Suez Canal, Egypt
The Suez Canal makes it possible to travel by water from Asia to Europe without the need to sail 7,000 kilometers around Africa. Though the construction became controversial because of forced labor, its presence is a big help as it connects the Mediterranean Ocean from the Red Sea.