Cruising through the Corinth Canal

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Where I stayed
MV Artemis
What I did
The port town of Itea

Flag of Greece  , Central Greece,
Tuesday, April 10, 2012



APR 10, Itea. During our cruise to Itea, we ran into some very rough waters. I took several video recordings of it that I will post. Please don't get seasick.
 
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However, the special event of that cruise was our transit under the Rio-Antirio Bridge, the longest cable-stayed suspension bridge in the world that consists of five cable-stayed spans and four pylons, and it's 9,449 feet long. The Captain woke us up at 3AM for the few of us who wanted to get up to watch our transit. I took some pictures, but the quality is not that great, because of the moving ship and night photography.
 
One of the many engineering problems that had to be overcome are many that includes the depth of the water, how to secure materials for the foundation for seismic activity, probable tsunamis, and to the plate tectonics of the Gulf of Corinth.  The bridge was inaugurated on August 7, 2004, after seven years of construction, and a week before the opening of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. 
 
 
 
 
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Map of Itea
 
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We had a port stop in Itea for a morning tour to DELPHI. It was an early morning departure for the guests on the ship for Delphi and their excellent museum. I stayed behind, because I have visited there just two year's ago, and several times before, and even stayed overnight in the village of Delphi during my last visit. I took pictures of Itea and the port from up in the hills of Delphi when I was there, and took pictures of the hills of Delphi when I stayed behind in Itea this time.   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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TRANSIT OF THE CORINTH CANAL 
The Corinth Canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea.  The builders dug the rock through the isthmus that measures 70 feet wide and 4 miles long. Because of its small size, it has very little economic importance, and only small tourist ship traffic use it.

Although the history of the planned canal goes back to the 7th century, construction began in 1881 and completed in 1893.  

  



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