National Geographic : 1952 Jan
,e i:;,J -1 10 National Geographic Photographer J.Baylor Roberts Suez Company's Office Seems to Float in Port Said Harbor. Nerve Center of the Canal,ItDirects 24-hour-a-day Traffic Opposite: When Mediterranean waters flowed into the man-made channel in 1862, they created Lake Timsah at the midway point and, beside iton the upper left, the city of Ismailia (page 113). Here the canal, coming in from the upper right, makes a sharp turn toward the port ofSuez (map, page 106). Suez Canal, most vital link in Britain's lifeline to the East, has never been captured. Germany's Rommel almostbroke through in1942; Britain's Montgomery chased him back. Turkey tried in vain in 1915. United States Navy Secretary Dan A. Kimball said recently: "There is no argument-we have to keep the Suez open. That isup tothe British atthe moment."