The “meltami winds” are on big time, so we are laying low and anchored in a very protected harbor off Poros Town, on the island of (you guessed it) Poros, Greece. Here we are just far enough West that the meltami doesn’t quite reach us. Just found some internet, so I’ll try to put a few photos up from our trip through the Corinth Canal.
This morning, as we are approaching the Corinth Canal, I lovingly go up to my husband and say, “I am not nagging, and I’m not scared, but can you please make sure we have enough gas in the tank we are currently drawing from to make it all the way through the canal? It would be just like Murphy to have us run out in the middle.”
I get “The Look”. Ladies, you know the one….
3 hours later in the abso&)@$@@)&;lutely middle of the canal, the engine starts to sputter. “Debbie. Get back here. Steer straight down the middle of the canal!” (Like there’s anywhere else to go on a 15 foot wide boat in a 25 ft wide canal…). Jim runs forward,(rrrr, sputter,rrrr) grabs a gas can, (sputter), starts pouring diesel into the tank, (sput, sput) pours more diesel (sput, rrrrrr, sputter, RRRRRRR). Jim looks at me with a shit eating grin…..
What can I say. He’s mine. I love him. I can’t beat him. But, Jim. Check the checking account. I have transferred $100 each into Chris and Pat’s accounts!
Morpheus in the Corinth Canal.
It’s not true. We just got a little bit low!
She may tell the story a bit differently, but the results speak for themselves!!
The Corinth Canal is a canal that 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, thus effectively making the former peninsula an island. The builders dug the canal through the Isthmus at sea level; no locks are employed. It is 6.4 kilometres (4 mi) in length and only 21.4 metres (70 ft) wide at its base, making it impassable for most modern ships. It now has little economic importance.
The emperor Nero was the first to actually attempt to construct the canal, personally breaking the ground with a pickaxe and removing the first basket-load of soil in AD 67,but the project was abandoned when he died shortly afterwards. The Roman workforce, consisting of 6,000 Jewish prisoners of war, started digging 40–50 m (130–160 ft) wide trenches from both sides, while a third group at the ridge drilled deep shafts for probing the quality of the rock.
The idea of a Corinth Canal was revived after Greece gained formal independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1830. Fresh impetus was given by opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. French entrepreneurs were put in charge but, following the bankruptcy of the French company that dug the Panama Canal, French banks refused to lend money and the company went bankrupt too.
Construction resumed in 1890 when the project was transferred to a Greek company, and was finally completed on 25 July 1893 after eleven years’ work.