The Eagle

Napoleon Ill's paddle-steamer Eagle, with the Empress Eugenie aboard, steams past French warships at the inauguration of the Suez Canal on November 17, 1869.

The picture below shows the banquet given by Ferdinand de Lesseps for the Empress Eugenie and Ismail Pasha the night before the official opening of his ship canal.

From Suez to Khartoum Article

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