One of the largest most difficult engineering projects ever to be undertaken. <ul><li>A ship sailing to New York to San Francisco via the canal travels 9,500 km (6000 miles) well under half the 22,500 km (14,000 miles) route around Cape Horn </li></ul>
Facts : <ul><li>1805 : The birth of Ferdinand De Lesseps. 1879 : De Lesseps obtains the opening of the construction of the Panama Canal. 1880 : Creation of the « Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interocéanique » the opening of a public share investment holdings. 1887 : The cost of the construction over runs the initial budget. 1889 : The official end came on February 4th 1889 and the companies assets went into the hands of the liquidator. 1893 : The trials open on the scandals of the Canal. 1894 : Ferdinand De Lesseps dies a ruined man. 1914 : The opening of the Panama canal. Together the French and American expenditures totaled $639,000,000. It took 34 years from the initial effort in 1880 to actually open the Canal in 1914. It is estimated that over 80,000 people took part in the construction and that over 30,000 lives were lost. </li></ul>
The Atlantic to the Pacific <ul><li>From the Atlantic the Panama Canal runs south for 10 miles (17km) and then eastward to the Pacific Ocean. </li></ul>
Ferdinand De Lesseps 1805-1894 Born on November 19th, 1805 in Versailles, France. His Family was for a long time distinguished in the French diplomatic service.
Joining the Waters In 1878 Ferdinand De Lesseps, the French engineer who built the Suez Canal, began to dig a canal across the Isthmus of Panama, which was then part of Colombia. Tropical disease and engineering problems halted construction on the canal, but a French business (the New Panama Canal Company)
still held the rights to the project. Roosevelt agreed to pay $40 million for the rights, and he began to negotiate with Colombia for control of the land. He offered $10 million for a fifty-mile strip across the isthmus.
A schematic of the Panama Canal, illustrating the sequence of locks and passages
1882 A Cheque from the French Company for the amount of 1,500 pounds
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1905 fumigation car eradicating the mosquitoes Panama City 1905
"We were dealing with a government of irresponsible bandits," Roosevelt stormed. "I was prepared to . . . at once occupy the Isthmus anyhow, and proceed to dig the canal. But I deemed it likely that there would be a revolution in Panama soon."
A train of flat cars needed to carry all the excavated material from the canal It would circle the earth four times the Equator. A total soil excavated from the canal would build a pyramid 4,2OO feet (1,280meters) high
The Culebra Cut - later known as the Gaillard Cut - under construction
Historic Postcard from the Panama Canal showing the opening of the Gates at Miraflores Locks
1914 Panama Canal Opening Steamer SS Ancon at Pedro Miguel Locks
The Panama canal Length 79,6 km, Width 152 meters (in average ), Deep 13 meters, Difference in height 26 meters (six Locks), Construction started in 1881, Ended in 1914, Number of m3 of water released is 259 millions, Time of transit takes 8 to 10 hours, Number of boats 14 000 a year.
When the canal opened the United States had spent $352 million
The opening of the waterway to world commerce on August 15, 1914 , represented the realization of a heroic dream of over 400 years. The 50 miles across the isthmus were among the hardest ever won by human ingenuity.
A Historic Postcard from Panama Lesseps Anniversary
Interesting Facts 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 was US$141,349.97. The lowest toll paid was US$ 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.) beam. The Hydrofoil Pegasus of the United States Navy did the fastest transit of the Canal by completing it in 2 hours and 41 minutes. Each door of the locks weights 750 tons.
1. The canal is not just a “path” of water between the two oceans. There are a series of 6 locks in two parallel tracks that raise and lower ships between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. 2. The locks had to be built because of the terrain. The highest point is 85 feet above sea level. 3. The canal runs North and South, not East and West. 4. The locks are about 1000 feet long, so ships must be shorter than that to pass through. Many ships are built specifically to fit the Panama Canal. A new canal is being built to accommodate larger ships. 5. Ships do not simply sail through the canal. They idle through while they are guided by electricity-powered “mules” attached to the ship with cables. 6. A ship like ours pays over $200K in cash, well in advance, to enter the canal. You pay the same amount whether you go through from one side to the other or turn around in the middle.
7. The canal is self-powered. Three dams produce electricity to power the mules, lights and other equipment. 8. There are no pumps on the canals. Valves allow water to pass from the higher elevations to the lower ones by power of gravity. The water accumulates in man-made lakes produced from tremendous amounts of rainfall. 9. The canal was completed in 1913 by the United States after France failed twice at getting it built. We controlled it until 1999. 10. Nine military bases the Americans constructed around the base. They were all vacated by 1999. Many of them are deteriorating. 11. “A man, a plan, a canal - Panama” is rather long palindrome. Gen. John Stevens was the man with the plan.
Modern day photo of the Panama Canal. This is yet another modern day legacy left to our world, from the engineers of a glorious 19th Century.
Now it is your turn. watch , listen and it’s your turn to find out more. <ul><li>What countries were involved in building the canal and what were the work forces like ? </li></ul><ul><li>What was the country of Panama like before the canal was built ? What challenges did this country present; weather, animals, vegetation, landscape, disease ? </li></ul><ul><li>What was the timeline for the building of the canal ? What conflicts has the canal caused up to today ? (homework) </li></ul><ul><li>What locations were chosen for the canal? And what were the reasons for their choices ? </li></ul><ul><li>How was the canal built ? How does the canal Work ? What are the dimensions of the canal ? </li></ul><ul><li>Why was the canal so important to many groups of people ? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the future of the canal ? (Homework) </li></ul><ul><li>Your personnel work will have to be done properly for studies will be shared within the class. </li></ul>