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Gunboat on Nile rapids, 19th century

Gunboat on Nile rapids, 19th century

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Gunboat on Nile rapids, 19th-century artwork. This is a British gunboat being handled by ropes as it negotiates rapids or cataracts on the Nile. This is the Second Cataract of the Nile, at Wadi Halfa in what had been Ottoman Egypt. At the time of this artwork, the region was being fought over during the Mahdist War, becoming part of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, later modern-day Sudan. This cataract was submerged as Lake Nasser formed in the 1970s following the construction of the Aswan High Dam in Egypt. Artwork from the 19th volume (first period of 1897) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.

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