The folding map shows the opening of the Kiel Canal (Nord Ostsee Kanal) in 1895. The Canal is a 98-kilometre (61 miles) long freshwater canal in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. The canal was finished in 1895, but later widened, and links the North Sea at Brunsbüttel to the Baltic Sea at Kiel-Holtenau.
After 1864 Second Schleswig War put Schleswig-Holstein under the government of Prussia merchants and the German navy were seeking for a new canal, which wanted to link its bases in the Baltic and the North Sea without the need to sail around Denmark.
In 1887, construction started at Holtenau, near Kiel. On June 20 1895, after eight years of construction the canal was officially opened by KaiserWilhelm II and the canal was named the Kaiser Wilhelm Kanal after his grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm I.
This map, made for the opening of the Kiev Canal shows positions of ships on the day. The map was lithographed in colours in Leipzig.