National Geographic : 1957 Jan
.. u - 131 Wide World Traffic Backs Up as a Loaded Oil Tanker Snags a Railroad Bridge near El Firdan One hundred fifty ships stood idle, some for three-and-a-half days, when the World Peace struck the African arm of the swing bridge in December, 1954. Torchmen dismantled the steel span while firemen played streams of water as a precaution against sparks kindling an oil fire. During hostilities last November the railroad bridge in the distance was blown up, again blocking the canal. Many ships were sunk in other parts of the waterway. Shady oasis on right bank marks one of 12 signal stations that regulate traffic. Irrigated vineyard and gardens help make life endurable for the attendants.