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View looking southwest at the Inner (on the left) and the Outer (on the right) harbors of Alexandria Troas.
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At Alexandria Troas boats would wait for favorable winds before beginning their difficult journey clockwise and northeastwards up through the Dardanelles (ancient Hellespont) — through which the current flows in the opposite direction — from northeast to southwest!
At one time Constantine thought of making Alexandria Troas his capital instead of Byzantium (modern Istanbul).