I read with interest the article in the December 2011 edition “From the Lookout” with regard to the canals of the world. It just so happened that I was able to do a transit of another canal, the Corinth Canal, earlier this month while visiting Piraeus.
I boarded a tourist ferry in Corinth on the Western side of the canal and did a transit of the canal, turning in the basin at Isthmia on the Eastern side and returned again through the canal to Corinth. The canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. I believe it was first attempted in the 1st century AD and was finally completed in 1882.
Due to the constraints of the size of the Canal it can only accommodate vessels of a width of 54ft (16.5m) with a depth of 24ft (7.3m). Although the Canal saves about a 300 mile trip around the Peloponnese, it is now mainly used for pleasure craft. There are a couple of small tugs available at Isthmia for coastal vessels and smaller cruise ships which require their assistance when transiting the Canal. The length of the canal is about four miles. If one is keen enough, it is possible to bungee jump into the canal – see photo!
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