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Ships Passing Through the Panama Canal Pedro Miguel Locks

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Title:
Ships Passing Through the Panama Canal Pedro Miguel Locks
Physical Description:
Photograph
Donor:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Publisher:
Keystone View Company
Copyright Date:
1913

Notes

Donation:
Gifted on behalf of William P. and Barbara L. Angrick

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved on the material.
Resource Identifier:
2013.2.189
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AA00015340:00001

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Material Information

Title:
Ships Passing Through the Panama Canal Pedro Miguel Locks
Physical Description:
Photograph
Donor:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Publisher:
Keystone View Company
Copyright Date:
1913

Notes

Donation:
Gifted on behalf of William P. and Barbara L. Angrick

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved on the material.
Resource Identifier:
2013.2.189
System ID:
AA00015340:00001

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SHIPS PASSING THROUGH THE
PANAMA CANAL
The Pedro Miguel Locks of the Panama
Canal are at the South or Pacific end of the
Canal. Strange to say the Pacific end of the
Canal is farther east than the Atlantic end.
Thus the sun rises in the Pacific and sets in
the Atlantic. A glance at the map will show
how the Canal Zone cuts across the Isthmus
in a diagonal line. The Pedro Miguel Locks
with their flanking dams, extending from the
side walls to the hills on either side, hold at
summit level the waters of Gatun Lake and
G: ard Cut. The waters of Gatun Lake are
.nally 85 feet above sea level. The Pedro
ael Locks raise or lower ships 31 feet, the
rence between the summit level of 85 feet
the normal surface of Miraflores Lake,
eet above sea level.


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The Locks of the Canal System are in du-
plicate and are constructed in the same manner
with all lock walls on rock foundations. At
Gatun Lock there are three flights, at Pedro
Miguel one, and at Miraflores two. The aver-
age time required to pass a vessel through these
locks is one hour for Gatun, one-half hour
for Pedro Miguel and three-quarters of an
hour for Miraflores. At all times during the
process of lifting, a vessel is in full view of
the men who are controlling it and it is as safe
as if tied to a wharf.
On August 11, 1939, Congress authorized
the construction of an additional set of locks
paralleling those already in use. The new locks
will be 140 feet wide by 1,200 feet long and
will handle any ship afloat or that may be /
contemplated for. many, many years to come. :

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