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Mira Flores Lock Panama Canal Transit
   
 

 

 

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Following the freighter into the first lock
Row boat toed up for passing of the line

 

 

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"Newbies" get stuck rowing
Mules with lines to the vessel keep it centered in canal

 

 

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Road for the mules between locks
Looking back on lock entrance

 

 

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Throw line from shore to smaller boats to tie off
Canal wall

 

 

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We went through with a freighter and sailboat in his 5th year sailing around the world from Germany

 

 

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Solar Unit -- Hired pilot to talk him through the Canal
Gates closing

 

 

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Gates are made out of one single piece of metal, a perfect fit with no gaskets to make the seal

 

 

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Water fills in 8-9 minutes from huge pipes below
Gates close and workers walk the top to the other side

 

 

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Pedro Miguel Lock 1913
2 Locks on end as a safety measure

 

 

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Canal Walls
1 foot clearance on either side of the freighter

 

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We have cleared the 1st set of locks
Visitor Center and Canal viewing area
   
   
   
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