GATUN LOCKS
Panama Canal
Ships traveling from East to West actually travel from North to South in the Canal Zone
From the Caribbean Sea, ships first encounter these Locks.

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  Revised 2-16-2012

A third set of locks was almost built in the watery area to the right in 1941  See: THE BIG DITCH

Out in the Caribbean Sea, ships wait to continue their voyage into the Pacific on the other side of Panama.


The ships will first notice, pn their starboard side the OLD FRENCH CANAL.


The Caribbean Sea can almost be seen in view looking North.


The Night Approach

Notice the "ARROW". It directs ships to left or right locks, day or night.


This is a scene as ships arrive from the Caribbean Sea.


In about the same position, sombody caught a bus crossing on a roadway built into a lock gate.


The name "GATUN" appears on this main control building.


One of our submarines transver the locks. Notice the in-complete paint repairs below the water line.


Canal Leading Lights                                                                    Locks under repair.
 


The Gatun locks - looking south into Gatun Lake.


The Gatune Lake ship wait area, for those heading north into the Caribbean.


Next is  GATUN LAKE

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