Corinth Canal
S/Y EFAKI is a Mirage 28 built in 1977 by Thames Marine (UK) 


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Some Data: The Corinth Canal joined the Saronic Gulf with the Corinthian Gulf in 1893. However it had been thought of as early as 600 BC by Periander. Since in those days the technology was not yet available, and wouldn't be for 2000 years, ships were rolled from one gulf to the other on specially designed 'roller skates.' The Canal has a length of about 6.2 km (about 4 miles), and the width is about 25 meters (about 70 feet). Height from sea level reaches about 80 meters (about 240 feet) at places.

I have had the opportunity to cross the canal with various boats in the past but in 1997 we took Efaki with friends to the Ionian sea for our summer vacations and so we had the chance to see once again this magnificent piece of work. 

To cross it you first get permission by paying the relative fees at the Isthmia toll station (which are cheaper for charter vessels than private ones) and wait for an opening schedule. Usually sailing boats cross it after motor boats who are faster and commercial ships that have priority.


Left: Entering the canal.  Right: Looking the bridge


Left and right: At the middle of the canal

Right: Looking in the almost vertical wall with a height of almost 80 meters.


Left: Holes on the wall to help maintenance personnel descent in the canal. Right: An ancient monument in the memory of those died trying to open the canal. It is close to the exit of the canal in the Corinthian Gulf.

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These are some pictures of the Corinth canal of an older passing with a friend's sailing boat en route for the Southern Italy (Taranto Gulf).

Ships are towed by tugs. 

This is the control tower of the Canal at Isthmia. Yachts must tie here to pay dues before or after passing the canal.


   The bridges for cars and trains.


Towards the end of the canal to Posidonia. You can see the bridge (for cars) that submerges to allow ships to pass over. 

This page was last updated on May 12th 2003.