Naumann (Paul Hermann)

The Naval Demonstration at the Opening of the North Sea and Baltic Canal,


London, Illustrated London News, 1895.
a panoramic view of the international naval gathering to mark the opening of the Kaiser Wilhelm Kanal, later named the Nord-Ostsee Kanal, known otherwise as the Kiel Canal, which crosses the German state of Schleswig-Holstein to link the North Sea to the Baltic, thereby saving the need for vessels to sail around the Danish peninsula. It was opened on 20th June, 1895, by Kaiser Wilhelm II, naming it after his grandfather Kaiser Wilhelm I. Eleven of the vessels depicted are identified in the lower margin, two each from France and Germany, one each from Spain, Italy, America and Austria, and three from England, including the Royal Yacht ‘Osborne’ on the far right. The canal was widened between 1907 and 1914 to allow the German navy’s larger battleships to use it, and it is now the busiest artificial waterway in the world..