Saturday, April 20, 2013
ONE PICTURE WORTH 1000 WORDS / LINCOLN’S VISIT TO SUEZ CANAL
TWO AMAZING WORKS—This picture is fascinating for two main reasons: A nineteenth century engineering marvel, the Suez Canal that cuts through Egypt easily accommodates one of new millennium’s largest vessels. Here we see the American Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Lincoln (CVN 72) transit the Suez Canal heading home after a recent eight-month deployment.
Yes, the headline is misleading. Regardless how improbable, President Abraham Lincoln could have seen the Suez canal (construction dates 1859-69) as it was being built during the time of the U.S. Civil War.
Carrier image by U.S. Navy Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Colby K. Neal
NASA image taken on Jan. 30, 2001 by the U.S. MISR satellite