"The land of the divided, the world united." It's hard to imagine
a more fitting motto for what in no uncertain terms irrevocably
changed the Western Hemisphere forever. For fifty miles the canal
transects the exotic emerald jungles of Panama and gives one
an appreciation of what a Herculean task it was to build this
waterway before the advent of computers and giant earth
Approaching the canal at 5:00 a.m. See the arrow pointing to show which side to
Another ship prepares to pass through from behind our ship.
This is a view at the right of our ship. An oil tanker is passing through
the gates next to us. It is like a two lane highway.
This oil tanker is going in the opposite direction.
Notice that there is not much room for the ships to pass through.
This picture was taken from a balcony on the cruise ship.
(Lago Gatún) Lake Gatun is a large
artiﬁcial lake situated in the Republic of
Panama; it forms a major part of the
Panama Canal, carrying ships for 33 km
(20 miles) of their transit across the
Isthmus of Panama.
* The cargo ship Ancon was the ﬁrst vessel to transit the
Canal on August 15, 1914.
* A boat traveling from New York to San Francisco saves
7,872 miles by using the Panama Canal instead of going
around Cape Horn.
* The highest toll paid for a transit through the Panama
Canal until 1995 paid by the Crown Princess on May 2, 1993; it
* The lowest toll paid was US$ 0.36 and was paid by Richard
Halliburton who crossed the Canal swimming in 1928.
* The San Juan Prospector was the longest ship to transit the
Canal; it was 751 ft. (229 m.) in length with a 107 ft. (32.6 m.)
`` * Each door of the locks weights 750 tons.