2 AM redeye to Panama city
Country Inn & Suites Panama Canal
Entrance to the canal - view from our room
Out for dinner, downtown Panama city in the back
Dozens of ships await their turn through the canal
Heading in. We'll see this ship later in the locks ...
The Miraflores locks
Ship in lock. About 2 ft clearance on either side. Watch the following images as the lock fills with water and raises the ship up to the water level up ahead.
Locked filled. Took about 5 minutes.
Lock filled, front gate opens, ship takes off
Mock water tunnel leading from upper lake down to lock. Locks are filled by gravity flow of water through these tunnels.
James and Elise in the simulator.