July 19, 2014

The Panama Canal tour continues through the Gaillard Cut, the most shallow portion of the Panama Canal, but the part that required the most digging, the most blasting and, by far, the most loss of life during construction. Then, our boat cruised through spacious Lake Gatun, through the Gatun Locks into the Atlantic Ocean until we reached Colon.

Above: The Centennial Bridge stradles the canal, built to aleviate traffic into Panama City.

Below: Picture 2 is a map of the Canal Zone, from Panama City's Amador Causeway, through Lake Gatun to the Atlantic coast city of Colon.
Picture 3 is the Century Melody being guided to its dock, where it will wait about 8 hours until the Pacific bound ships clear the Gaillard Cut.
The Gaillard Cut is the only part of the canal that can take ships going only one way at a time - it's not wide enough to two large ships.
Pictures 5 and 6 shows the Centennial Bridge.
Pictures 7 to 9 is Gold Mountain. Guess how much gold they found in it? None. It was named as a marketing ploy to get investors' money.
Picture 10 shows work being down to create strata on the bank to hopefully prevent landslides.
Pictures 11 and 12 show us moving through the Gaillard Cut.

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