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Amazing...

The Panama Canal

Passage through the Panama Canal was, as advertised, a Bucket List item. The visual experience is enhanced by the history and technology behind the canal. There is a lot of material about The Canal available for review. Here is a visual trip, with, of course, comments.

Starting out at just after sunlight with the actual entry into the Canal at about 7 am, ending a bit after 4 pm.

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Early morning with ships waiting to go through the canal. The heaviest traffic is East to West, and the canal runs 24/7.

 

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Bridge of the Americas



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Looking at the entrance to one of the two sets of locks (we are headed to the other one)

 

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Entering a lock

 

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The first of several lighthouses

 

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A ship entering the other side of the lock... not a lot of room to spare

 

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Looking back at the lock as we go in

 

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Two of the electric tugs. They do not pull ships through, they guide them. Ships use their own power.

 

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1/2 way into a lock. Look at the age of the concrete.

 

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Temporary neighbors.

 

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Ship leaving the lock


From on deck...

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Entering a lock. Very narrow! Some ships are built to fit in the locks.

 

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Another lighthouse. It is black because white blocks signals. I don't know what kind of signals... that is what The Guy told us.

 

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The philosophical question is, "Who is looking at whom?"

 

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Entering a lock

 

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Exiting the lock with another ship coming in and a cruiseship waiting in the wings.

 

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Last of the lighthouses. This one appears to be covered in graffiti

 

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Scenic. An amazing factoid; the <huge> lake between the sets of locks is manmade. The manpower, and loss of life, to make it back in the day were staggering

 

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Famous Panama Canal El Renacer Prison housed Manuel Noriega after the American invasion of Panama.


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After the Canal... Panama City

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Ships in the background waiting to go through the canal

 

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Getting things from here to there: a container yard with five big ships loading

 

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Things were not so affluent a short distance away.

 

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A Yacht Club.

 

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Panama City

 

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An estuary leading to an island with a grand hotel

 

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Ships moored off Panama City. Several looked abandoned, including what appeared to be a small cruise ship.

 

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Final look at Panama City


January 3, 2024

The images in this post were reduced in size because the shipboard internet is sooooo slow. Go here for full-size images at www.ImagesByBill.us.

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