SERVING in the SUEZ CANAL ZONE of EGYPT until 1956

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Album of Photos taken in the Suez Canal Zone.  Page 1

These two photos, one by the side of the Canal at Ferry Point, the other in Ismailia Town, were taken in 2004.
Things have changed in fifty years!

Considering the photos shown on the pages of this Album were taken around fifty years ago, and in many instances with a cheap basic camera,
(that is all some of us could afford in those days,) or taken in less than ideal conditions, it cannot be helped that some are not the same clear
quality as others.  Whatever the quality they have all been included in the hope of being interesting to look at and with the possibility of
bringing back some memories, mostly pleasant.  I thank the people who have sent photos for inclusion on these pages.

Please note:  ©  Most of the photographs on the pages of this Photo Album could be the copyright of the supplier or the webmaster.
To be on the safe side, and to be fair to the suppliers, all the photos shown are to be regarded as having a copyright held.  
The names of the people who supplied the photos are now being included under the photos. Photos with the initials C.D.underneath
are my own, those without a name means I have probably mislaid the record of who supplied it. - Sorry about that folks!

The harbour - Port Said.
photo supplied by Jim Bew.

Another view of Port Said harbour.

Port Suez - the bottom end of the Canal.
photo supplied by Ray Gibbs.

The 'Empire Ken'.  One of the many troopships that took
thousands of troops to the Canal Zone, and back home again.
this photo supplied by numerous Vets.

The Suez Canal Authority Building at Port Said harbour
near where the troops disembarked.


Troops ready to disembark from
one of the ships just arrived.
photo supplied by George Richardson.

'Hastings' aircraft were also used for transporting troops.

So were 'Valettas'.

and 'Yorks'.
photo supplied by Tony Tolan.

A well known landmark when arriving by sea.
De Lessops statue in Port Said harbour.
photo supplied by Dennis Bostridge.

The Canal at El Qantara.
photo supplied by Dick Woolley.

The Canal near Gebal Maryam.
photo supplied by Ray Gibbs.

Ship on the Canal passing Deversoir.
photo supplied by Tony Tolan.
Looking over the Canal.
photo supplied by Dick Woolley.
Looking up the Canal.

RAF Fayid, where you landed if you flew out there.
photo supplied by Barry Lea.

Main entrance to RAF Fayid off the Treaty Road.
photo supplied by John Grant.

The Treaty Road between RAF Fayid
and RAF Abyad.

Treaty Road entering Fayid Village.

Hoardings at the side of the Treaty Road.
photo supplied by Dick Woolley. 

Treaty Road near RAF El Hamra.

The Canal Road near Fanara.

Same road near Fayid village.
photo supplied by John Grant.

Another stretch of the Canal Road.
photo supplied by John Grant.

Over Ismailia and Lake Timsah.
photo supplied by Ray Gibbs.

The roundabout outside Maida camp.

One of the 'Link' roads.  Mt Shubra in the background

How many of these did we get on pay parade?
This is one that I didn't spend. C.D.

Do you remember the plastic tokens
issued by NAAFI Egypt ?
photo supplied by Dick Woolley.

Or the Egyptian small change?  ( A 2½, - a 5,  and 3 x 10 'Acker' coins.)
photo supplied by Dick Woolley.

I bet you remember this drink!! Cheers!
The bottle was one of mine. C.D.

The 'Empire Windrush' troopship....
this photo supplied by numerous Vets.

The 'Windrush' on fire in the Med.
The 'Empire Windrush' is one of the Troopships remembered by many.  It had a chequered career which unfortunately ended in March 1954 when bringing
troops back to the UK.  In the Mediterranean, off the Algerian coast, an explosion in her boiler room started a large fire which resulted in the ship losing all
power and later the order "Abandon Ship" was given.  I don’t know how many troops and crew were aboard, it must have been hundreds, but the only lives
lost were four members of the crew who were in the boiler room at the time of the explosion  I understand that the authorities gave the reason for no others
losing their lives was because of the (military) discipline shown by the passengers.
The ‘Windrush’ eventually sank when attemps were made to tow the crippled ship to Gibraltar.

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More photos on the  'Now and Then'  page and on the  'That Palm Tree'  page.

My thanks to the Suez Veterans who supplied the photos to produce this Photo Album.
© Charlie Delta. October 2004.
Page revised: © May 2009.