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Through the Panama Canal, Pedro Miguel Locks

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

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:
2013.2.204
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AA00015355:00001

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Material Information

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

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:
2013.2.204
System ID:
AA00015355:00001

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THROUGH THL
PANAMA CANAL, PEDRO
MIGUEL LOCKS
Probably 65,000 tourists cross the Isthmus
each year but few in such a picturesque craft as
this. Many never see the Canal, unless from a
car window, as they quit their ships at one coast
and cross by train to the other coast, re-embark-
ing when their vessel has made the transit.
In passing through the Canal this little craft
must temporarily depart from its proud estate
as a sailing vessel and by mechanical means
make its way through the locks. Pedro Miguel
Locks are at the south r' Pacific end of the
Canal, which strange to say 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. Pedro
Miguel Locks with the two flanking dams ex-
tending from the side walls to the hills on either


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side hold at summit level, the level of Gatun
Lake and the Cut, normally 85 feet above sea
level, the waters of Gatun Lake. The Pedro
Miguel Locks raise or lower ships 31 feet, the
difference between the summit level of 85 feet
and the normal surface of Miraflores Lake, 54
feet above sea level.
All locks of the Canal system are in duplicate
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 average time
required to pass a vessel through these locks is
one hour for Gatun, one-half hour for Pedro
Miguel and three-quarters ofan hour for Mira-
flores. At all times during the process of lift-
ing, a vessel is in full view of the men who are
controlling it arid it is as safe as if tied to a
wharf.
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