Thursday, April 10, 2014

Transiting the Dardanelles Strait, Turkey

The Canakkale  or Dardanelles is a narrow strait in northwestern Turkey connecting the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara
It is one of the Turkish Straits, along with its counterpart, the Bosphorus. It is located at approximately 40°13′N 26°26E
 The strait is 61 kilometres (38 mi) long but only 1.2 to 6 kilometres (0.75 to 3.73 mi) wide, averaging 55 metres (180 ft) deep with a maximum depth of 103 metres (338 ft).
Water flows in both directions along the strait, from the Sea of Marmara to the Aegean via a surface current and in the opposite direction via an undercurrent.
A sea pilot boarded to handle the ship during her passage and together with ship's Bridge Team, they worked for a safe transit.

We had a very fair weather when we transited the Canakkale strait en route to Ambarli port. It was a very refreshing afternoon, watching the blue sky above,  the blue waters below, on board the blue hull ship. While all the things I see around me are colored blue, my life is not. It's as colorful as the rainbow, actually, it's a matter of perspective. I am humbled by the  learning experience of this voyage.

Info Suurce: Wiki

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