This picture is part of a series taken during the salvage operations in the Suez Canal, which has been shut down since hostilities began in Egypt late in October 1956. The United Nations salvage fleet, consisting of Dutch, Danish, Belgian, Swedish, German, Italian and Yugoslav ships, began its clearance operations on 27 December 1956.
UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld (left) is seen with Under-Secretary Ralph J. Bunche (2nd from rt.), and Major-General E.L.M. Burns (extreme right), Commander of the United Nations Emergency Force, as they watch the lifting of the 1,390 ton sunken tug "Edgar Bonnet". Mr. Hammarskjöld visited the salvage operations during a six-day visit to Egypt. The "Bonnet", one of the most difficult obstructions in the canal, blocked the Canal near Ismailia.