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Your Brown Cardboard Envelope, Suez, and the Mighty Machine of Global Trade

It would be nearly 11,900 nautical miles sailing distance from Shanghai, the Ever Given’s starting port, to the spiritual home of modern nautical navigation, Greenwich, via the Suez Canal. The seething mass of hundreds of cranes and millions of shipping containers on the east coast of China is a bit different from the airy public parks and Restoration-era Royal Observatory. So, a world apart, almost literally.