National Geographic : 1952 Jan
His Dream Came True. 114 National Geographic Photographer J. Baylor Ioberts De Lesseps Stands in Port Said at the Head of His Canal With no engineering experience, this Frenchman planned, promoted, and built the waterway. He talked Tur key's Viceroy of Egypt into giving right of way; four years passed before he raised the capital. Successful in build ing Suez, he failed when he tackled the mountain-blocked, fever-ridden Isthmus of Panama.