The entrance to the Panama Canal
from the Pacific Ocean.
Full speed ahead!
The Freedom Bridge. On to the
The first set of locks from the
Pacific Ocean side of the canal.
Miraflores Lock House.
were celebrating the Millennium
like everyone else.
Another view of the Miraflores
lock ahead, on to the Atlantic Ocean.
The San Miguel lock.
Heading into the San Miguel Lock.
Miguel lock house.
These are the famous canal mules
that hold and help to
move the ships in the locks.
electric and very powerful.
Pedro Miguel Lock.
This is the famous
Cut. This was one of the most
challenging tasks in building the
The canal dredges work 24 hours a
day, year round
to keep the canal at the proper depth for the
Another view of the canal heading
for the Atlantic Ocean.
An ocean going freighter heading
for the Pacific Ocean.
the Gatun Lock. Last lock before
into the Atlantic Ocean.
following two large ships going through
the lock in our direction.
After our canal crossing we
docked at Colon, Panama so we could go on
land excursions in
Panama. I am visiting a display of canal locomotives.
an observation deck here to see the canal locks.
This is one of the General
Electric original "mules" that
help to guide the ships through the
One of the new GE locomotives
used today to help the
ships pass through the canal.
Part of the canal's fleet of tug
boats to assist ships in the canal.
This was the locomotive of the
train that crosses Panama
and parallels the canal. It was a great
a tour around Panama City.
Another ship passing through the
Panama Canal. This picture was
taken while I was on a train ride
The route followed the canal.
Limon Bay on the Atlantic Ocean.
Many ships were anchored in the
bay either waiting to cross or
just waiting. With the down turn in
business many ships were out
of service. The cost of crossing the
canal is very expensive and
Panama only takes cash payments.
Another interesting fact is that
there is a one foot difference in
height between the Atlantic and
The 64 dollar question is which one is higher?
Sunset on the Atlantic Ocean
after a sail through the Panama Canal.
My new friends at Table 65. I
was indeed fortunate to be assigned to this table.
traveling companions were extremely pleasant and have
friends since the trip.