Photographer's Note

Another photo from my travels in the 1970s. I decided to post this image when I noticed that there were very few photos in TE of the Panama Canal and only a couple of others taken from a ship as it travelled through the locks.

This photo was taken in the Pedro Miguel Lock - a single chamber lock and the second set of locks which lift ships from the Pacific up to Lake Gatun. The first set of locks on the Pacific Side is the two chamber Miraflores Lock and on the Atlantic side the three chamber Gatun Lock lowers ships to the Atlantic. All three sets of locks are paired - that is, there are two parallel sets of locks at each of the three lock sites. In principle this allows ships to pass in opposite directions simultaneously - however large ships cannot cross safely at speed through the narrow Calebra Cut, so in practice ships pass in one direction for a time, then in the other, using both lanes of the locks in one direction at a time. Water enters and leaves the locks by means of gravity only - there are no pumps or other man made devices that assist in this process. For large ships assistance is provided by electric cars (mules) which run alongside both sides of the Canal (as shown) attached to the vessel by long cables. These mules help guide the vessel through the locks - but the ship at all times moves under it's own power.

This photo was taken from the 'Australis' of the Chandris Line which from 1964 to 1978 regularly carried British migrants from Southampton, UK to Australia - and on its return journey carried young Australians and New Zealanders who were eager to experience to Europe. A scan from a kodachrome slide.

This is a repost. I have adjusted the sky. My original posting showed a regular cloud pattern which I inadvertently created in an attempt to remove fungi on the scan.

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