Panama Canal Diagram (wikipedia)
Panama Canal Diagram (wikipedia)
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Crew of svTICA
Crew of svTICA

Bill (skipper), Kris (son), Joann (admiral), Linda and Chuck

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TICA ready to go
TICA ready to go

with tire fenders in place

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Chuck and Bill
Chuck and Bill

Getting the lines ready

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Interior of svTICA
Interior of svTICA

Our sleeping quarters in the salon

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Launch offloading our first Advisor
Launch offloading our first Advisor
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Our Miraflores advisor, Nefty
Our Miraflores advisor, Nefty
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Bridge of the Americas
Bridge of the Americas

The beginning of the Canal transit on the Pacific side

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Container port
Container port

Giant cranes load/offload the containers from freighters

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Entering Miraflores Lock
Entering Miraflores Lock

The big arrow directing us into the lock

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Entering Miraflores Lock
Entering Miraflores Lock

A freighter and Isla Morada in front of us

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Tourist boat - Isla Morada
Tourist boat - Isla Morada

Historic boat owned by Al Capone; we rafted to it in the second Miraflores Lock

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A freighter in Miraflores Lock
A freighter in Miraflores Lock

Guided by locomotive cars called "mules"

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Mules
Mules

Locomotive cars that guide the Big Boys

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Line Thrower
Line Thrower

Atop the Canal wall

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Bullseye for Line Throwers
Bullseye for Line Throwers

Practice area to aim the monkey's fist lines

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Line Thrower
Line Thrower

Stands atop the Canal wall

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Chuck secures the Monkey fist
Chuck secures the Monkey fist

To the lines on the boat

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Miraflores - Lines are in place
Miraflores - Lines are in place
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Joann adjusting a stern line
Joann adjusting a stern line
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Miraflores Gates of Mordor
Miraflores Gates of Mordor

Closing behind us

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Gate riveting
Gate riveting
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Miralflores lock full
Miralflores lock full
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Miraflores Lock
Miraflores Lock

Gates opening

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Turbulence uplocking
Turbulence uplocking
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Pedro Miguel Lock (after Miraflores)
Pedro Miguel Lock (after Miraflores)

Centennial Bridge in the background

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Pedro Miguel Lock
Pedro Miguel Lock

New Canal construction in the backgound

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New Canal construction
New Canal construction
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Linda - Pedro Miguel Lock
Linda - Pedro Miguel Lock
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Approaching the Mushroom
Approaching the Mushroom
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Mushroom on Gatun Lake
Mushroom on Gatun Lake

Nefty lassooing our big buoy

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Crew on the mushroom
Crew on the mushroom
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Lake Gatun
Lake Gatun

Swimming in the fresh water after finishing the first day

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Goodbye Nefty
Goodbye Nefty

After taking us through the Pacific side, Nefty leaves us in Gatun Lake

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Yacht carrier
Yacht carrier

Going through the Canal

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Tropical Canal  landscape
Tropical Canal landscape
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Massive Canal dredge
Massive Canal dredge
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Our advisor through the Gatun Locks
Our advisor through the Gatun Locks
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Rafting up
Rafting up

Getting ready for the Gatun Locks

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Downlocking in Gatun Locks
Downlocking in Gatun Locks

Critical for Line Handlers to adjust the lines

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Gatun Gates of Mordor opening
Gatun Gates of Mordor opening
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The last Gatun Lock
The last Gatun Lock
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Leaving Gatun Locks
Leaving Gatun Locks
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Shelter Bay Marina
Shelter Bay Marina
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Bill and Joann of svTICA
Bill and Joann of svTICA

Happy Campers with a flawless transit

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The End
The End

At the end of the trip, the fenders are offloaded and piled up, ready for the next boat.

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