National Geographic : 1937 Aug
CA Photograph by Mary Charles Coles SIZZLING ADEN HELPS GUARD THE "LIFE LINE OF THE BRITISHEMPIRE" The sun-baked rock-fortress stands on an extinct volcano at the southern exit of the Red Sea, a strategic postonBritain's sea route via the Mediterranean and the Suez Canal to India. A clock tower on the hill overlooks the roadstead, where an Arab dhow with lateen sail recalls the days when such vessels plied these waters with cargoes of slaves from Africa. Nowadays, steamers call here to coal and load coffee, gum, sheep and goat skins, and ostrich feathers. So scanty isthe rain fall, averaging about three inches annually, that drinking water for the white population is mostly obtained by boiling sea water and condensing the steam.