Trip Start Mar 31, 2013
20Trip End May 08, 2013
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The Panama Canal is one of the most remarkable feats in engineering history. Huge numbers died during the construction from extreme hardship and disease. Most digging at that time was done by hand using spades, shovels and dynamite. Panama Canal is a lock type canal which is 50 miles long, uniting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The canal officially opened its doors to international trade on August 15, 1914. The Canals 6 set of locks, each having two lanes, elevate ships 85 feet above sea level, to Gutun Lake and then lower them back to sea level on the opposite side. Within the locks Vessels use their own propulsion and are assisted by electric locomotives called "Mules". Approx 51 million gallon of fresh water is used for each lockage. It should take us approximately 12 hours to navigate the Canal.
At present a new Canal extension is underway and hoped to be completed in 2014. This extension will double the capacity of the Canal.
We did this trip 41 years ago, and although the canal is still the same, the surrounding Big City, yacht clubs, tourist areas and industrial growth is amazing.