The gates remain closed until the water level in the present lock reaches the level of the forward lock at the Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal
The gates start to open …
Opening the Locks
Once the gates are fully open, it is clear sailing to Lake Gatun
A catamaran leads the car-container ship through the locks and onto Lake Gatun
A Catamaran Leads
Once the ship is secure in one lock at the Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal, the water level is lowered to match that of the forward lock ….
Lowering the Water Level
A Ship Lowered
A 3,500 car-container ship enters the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal
Entering the Locks
Stops just a few yards from our small boat – a little too close for comfort! The “mules” make sure it doesn’t escape.
First an escort of patrol boats on the Panama Canal at Miraflores Locks
An Escort for a Sub
and then a glimpse of USS Scranton, a Los Angeles class nuclear submarine crossing in an adjoining lock from our boat …
A better view of the sub with its crew ….
USS Scranton Crossing
The Poseidon waits on one of the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal to begin the crossing …
Waiting to be Lowered
Comes closer to the gates of the lock ….
… and is lowered into the next lock with the help of “mules.”
Safely in the lower lock ….
Giant ships get a little help from powerful mules to guide them through the locks at Panama Canal.
Getting a Little Help
Getting through the old locks at Miraflores is a very tight squeeze.
A Tight Squeeze
A giant cargo container ship barely fits through the old locks at Miraflores on Panama Canal.
Panama is well-known for its canal that provides a connection between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
Miraflores is the name of one of the three locks that form part of the Panama Canal, and the name of the small lake that separates these locks from the Pedro Miguel Locks upstream. In the Miraflores locks, vessels are lifted (or lowered) 54 feet in two stages, allowing them to transit to or from the Pacific Ocean port of Balboa in Panama City.
Miraflores Locks in Panama Canal
A visitors center allows tourists to have a full view of the Miraflores locks operation.
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