Tuesday, 24 July 2012
The Red Sea is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between Africa and Asia. The connection to the ocean is in the south through the Bab el Mandeb strait and the Gulf of Aden. In the north, there is the Sinai Peninsula, the Gulf of Aqaba, and the Gulf of Suez (leading to the Suez Canal).
Lowry passed in both directions through the sea on his voyage to the Far East in 1927. Lowry refers to the sea in his novel Ultramarine; "Ginger, the pantry boy, who had confessed to Hilliot on night in the Read Sea that his ambition was to become a butcher on a mail boat." (Pg. 35); "He kept me under winches right through the Red Sea..." (Pg. 38); "He remembered that time in the Red Sea, when Nikolai had rushed up the iron steps, and collapsed on deck, blood pouring out of his mouth." (Pg.159); "..the Red Sea and all of the seventy-seven seas, and more than seas, lie between us." (Pg. 133); " 'Going through the Red Sea, you should have been there..'Going through the Red Sea..(Pg.172); " Perim in the Red Sea, they have red-headed n...... I don't know if any of you fellers ever been ashore there. There's one pub, the Red Lion.. And its as flat as a flipper and bloody hot. We took a chap out there once to be a signalman”. (Pg 175.) and again in Under The Volcano;" So that going through the Suez he was not conscious of sphinxes, Ismailia, nor Mt Sinai; nor through the Red Sea, of Hejaz, Asir, Yemen. (Pg.166)