Carol & John Llewellyn
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Panama Canal January 7, 2011
Gatun Lake
Leaving the Gatun Locks, we enter Gatun Lake. The lake recieves much of its water from the Chagres River—which makes the operation of the canal possible. The Panama Canal doesn't pump any water. Water to raise ships is natural. As we experienced, it can rain at almost any time. The rainfall is more than sufficient to handle the boats. There is still a great amount of water that goes out over the dam that creates Gatun Lake (right)
(above left) Passing a large container shipon Gatun Lake. (above center & below) In the Gaillard or Culebra Cut, a "ditch" that crosses the continental divide. (above right) It rained off and on all day–typical for Panama. (below) Still in the Gaillard Cut, the Millenium bridge; off to the side, work for a new set of locks to accomodate even larger ships is underway.
(left) Approaching the Pedro Miguel locks, with another cruise ship in Miraflores Lake beyond. (center) to get a line from the shore and pulling engines, two men come out in a row boat to toss a light-weight line to the ship's crew. (right) Container freight moving toward the Caribbean.