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October 06, 2008

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The other way it pays is in the receipts from the traffic.
From pages 133 and 134 of "The Suez Canal, its past present and future" by Lt Col. Sir Arnold T Wilson, they started making a profit of 2.07 million in 1872, and it was around that for most of the 1870's.
But by the 1880's the surplus profit was in the order of 35 million francs!
It continued to grow all the way up to 87 million francs in 1913, and tehn fell for obvious reasons.
Perhaps you have a better idea of how that works out in comparison with modern money, and it seems the canal did cost 451 million francs. I would assume there were some re-evaluations in there over the following decades.

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