Who was not gripped by the sudden drama of the Suez Canal? One very giant ship and an enormous gust of wind and hastily worldwide transport was delivered to a standstill. Determined ship captains headed off to take the exhausting means across the Cape of Good Hope. Photos of a bit tiny digger subsequent to an enormous boat lent themselves to many a David and Goliath meme.
Accomplished in 1869, the Suez Canal was held up by its developer Ferdinand de Lesseps as one other instance of human progress throughout that century of progress: the triumph of human ingenuity (David) over huge unfriendly nature (Goliath). It adopted shut on the heels of the submarine telegraph cable linking the west of Eire to the east of North America (1866) and the expansion of steam energy as a driver, slowly edging out horse and sail.