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Locks of the Panama Canal
SOURCE: Photo by Alfredo Maiquez, courtesy of Authority of Tourism Panama (all rights reserved), used with permission.
The Panama Canal was constructed in two stages, the first between 1881 and 1888, being the work carried out by the French company headed by Ferdinand de Lesseps, and then by the Americans, who completed it in 1914.
The length of the Panama Canal is approximately 51 miles. A trip along the canal from its Atlantic entrance would take you through a 7 mile dredged channel in Limon Bay. The canal then proceeds for a distance of 11.5 miles to the Gatun Locks.
This series of three locks raise ships 26 metres to Gatun Lake. It continues south through a channel in Gatun Lake for 32 miles to Gamboa, where the Culebra Cut begins. This channel through the cut is 8 miles long and 150 metres wide. At the end of this cut are the locks at Pedro Miguel. The Pedro Miguel locks lower ships 9.4 metres to a lake which then takes you to the Miraflores Locks which lower ships 16 metres to sea level at the canal's Pacific terminus in the bay of Panama.
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NOTE: The photograph regarding Panama on this page is re-published from Authority of Tourism Panama, an entity of the Panamanian government. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Panama information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Panama should be addressed to Authority of Tourism Panama.
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