In 1870 the main use of the Suez Canal was for the transportation of goods and people. Mostly steam ships traveled through the canal. In 1870 66% of the trade passing through the Canal was British owned (Sichko, 2011). The canal became more important to the British as the empire expanded and played a crucial role for British Forces during both world wars. Today, “8% of the world’s shipping traffic and almost 50 ships pass through the canal daily.” (Briney, 2018, p.1).
Learn more about Suez Trading history click one of the following links!
- “Suez: A Trading history” By Louise Armitstead, The Telegraph 2011
“Connecting the Red Sea with the Mediterranean” by Amanda Briney, ThoughtCo 2018
- “The Suez Canal and World Shipping, 1869-1914” by Max E. Fletcher Cambridge University 1958
This is a similar ship to the Mongolia, which Phileas Fogg traveled aboard from Brindisi to Bombay.
This is a modern ship that travels through the Suez Canal, which is more focused on trade rather than traveling. (Suez Canal Authority)