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Suez Canal Blockage - Worldwide Concern Leads to Experimentation on English Canal

28th March 2021
Tank-testing for Suez problem under way on Saturday on the canal at Runcorn in northern Cheshire
Tank-testing for Suez problem under way on Saturday on the canal at Runcorn in northern Cheshire Credit: Al Craig

While the Evergreen-owned container ship blocking the Suez Canal may be the biggest ship of her kind in the world, canal sailors from many countries have been developing theories as to how best she might be moved, and two Narrowboat navigators on the canal at Runcorn in northwest England, where Cheshire is morphing into Meryseyside, were observed yesterday (Saturday) conducting what they claim to be in effect tank tests as to how best the big ship might be freed.

Their first proposal, that a section should simply be cut out of the middle of the ship to shorten it that crucial amount, is thought to be only a desperate last resort, rather than a serious proposal. Thus further test reports are awaited with interest.

Meanwhile, in Liverpool, it is recalled that, once upon a time when a certain laxative was at its most popular, a large ship went aground in Liverpool Bay and was stuck there for days. On Day 3, a small plane flew up and down overhead, trailing an advertising banner. It said: “Beecham’s Will Shift It”.

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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