Panama Canal Transit, May 23-24, 2007

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Approach to the first lock, Gatun Locks. Just before we got here, a sailboat "rafted" (tied up) on each side of the Minnow. We used our engines and drove them through the locks.
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A view behind
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Gates closing. These are the original gates from 1914.
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We were really close to this car carrier.
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A view behind after the lock was almost filled.
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I am sitting, and Victor the advisor is advising me.
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There are two lanes in the Panama Canal. This ship was going down to the Atlantic while we were going up to the lake between the Atlantic and Pacific.
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Captain Melinda
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When the ship in front of us started its props to leave the first lock, it took off too fast and really bounced around the boats tied to our boat.
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This is the car carrier that preceded us through the Gatun Locks. It wasn't this blurry in real life.
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These boats rafted with us through the locks. Both were still afloat on the Pacific side. We spent the night here on Gatun Lake.
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We drove separately to the locks, rafted up, then separated after the locks.
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Our line handlers. Every boat has to have four.
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The ships looked out of place in the canal.
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Buzzards or vultures sunning.
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We had a very weak driver. (Me.)
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This floating crane was built by Nazi German, moved to Los Angeles after World War II, and later sold to the Panama Canal for $1.
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This floating crane is the original 1914 vintage. It's been there ever since the Panama Canal has.
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Our trampoline.
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Ships line these up to stay on course.
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Dredge boat. they are widening the channel.
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Captain Melinda
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Safety First.
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It looks kind of like a kingfisher. These lights light up the shoreline to help boats and ships at night.
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This is a new bridge (3 years old), one of two across the canal. You can also drive across at the Gatun Locks. Maybe the Miraflores Locks, I'm not sure.
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Side widening.
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Temporary lights
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I claim this is an Inca or Aztec or Mayan or Cherokee pyramid.
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Under the bridge.
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This boat is a drill boat. We waited across the canal while they set off about 30 charges, widening the channel.
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The first of the three Miraflores Locks.
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The drill boat followed us into the lock.
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These are the original hooks in the original 1914 walls.
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The gates are original 1914 vintage, complete with rivets.
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People were watching!
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The last lock leaks a bit.
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The Pacific Ocean!
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Captain Melinda
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Panama City
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