Guntur, the Small Town at the Center of Attention
Janssen must have felt terribly impatient during the long voyage to India, landing at Alexandria and then traveling overland to Suez to embark on another ship there. On the way to Suez, he must have witnessed the preparations for the opening of a new canal that would connect the Mediterranean with the Red Sea. He was traveling just a year before the Suez Canal was opened. In fact, a French liner, just like the one Janssen was traveling aboard, called Péluse, would inaugurate the Suez Canal in November 1869. He was traveling with the French team going to Malacca for the eclipse, having embarked at Marseilles on June 19. They parted ways in Sri Lanka, when his ship turned northwards towards Indian shores.