Suez Canal Lighthouses, Egypt

When the Suez Canal was built, in the 1860s, lighthouses were constructed at several locations along the canal route. There are no actve lighthouses on the canal today, and among the historic lighthouses only the great tower of Port Said is known to survive. However, there are a number of substantial lights on the approaches to the Canal. We're endebted to Jürgen Klinksiek for these photos of two of those lights: the Newport Rock Light near the canal's southern entrance and the Port Said Breakwater Light at the northern entrance. Mr. Klinksiek is a retired merchant seaman who took these photos from ships passing through the canal.


Newport Rock Light, June 1997
photo copyright Jürgen Klinksiek
used by permission

Port Said East Breakwater Light, May 2001
photo copyright Jürgen Klinksiek
used by permission

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Posted January 5, 2008. Checked and revised August 16, 2017. Site copyright 2017 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.