The Panama Canal - Uniting the Oceans:
Imagine: before the construction of the Panama Canal, a ship heading from California to New York would have to travel 14,000 miles, circumnavigating the entire continent of South America! Once the Panama Canal was completed, the same voyage took (and still takes) just 6,000 miles.
Panama Canal Tours:
Panama Canal boat tours are also available. Boat tours of the Panama Canal generally pass through the Lake Gatun portion of the canal to fish, view wildlife or visit the Smithsonian research station on Barro Colorado Island. A number of cruise ships pass through the Panama Canal on their way from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Ocean. .
During your tour of the Panama Canal, make sure to stop by the Canal Administration Building in Panama City and view the colorful murals illustrating the Panama Canal's history.
Panama Canal History:
The United States handed over control of the Panama Canal to Panama in 1999, to the joy of many Panamanian citizens.
Panama Canal Facts:
It takes around nine hours for a ship to pass through the Panama Canal. This is known as "Canal Waters Time", and is a measure of the canal's efficiency.
The largest ships that can pass through the Panama Canal are called "Panamax" Because many modern ships surpass the parameters of Panamax, the Panama Canal is currently undergoing an exhaustive construction, known as the Panama Canal Expansion Project.
Map of the Panama Canal:
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