Endurance ~ A Marvel of Engineering

August 15, 2014 marked the 100th year anniversary of the completion of the waterway known as the Panama Canal.  The construction of the 77-kilometre/50-mile long ship canal across the Isthmus of Panama a century ago transformed international trade, greatly reducing travel time between the Atlantic and the Pacific by eliminating the need for ships to go around the tip of South America, Cape Horn  . A ship sailing between New York and California was able to bypass the long journey around the tip of South America and trim nearly 13,000-kilometre/8,000-miles from its journey.  The construction claimed the lives of an estimated 30,000 labourers, many from illnesses such as malaria and yellow fever.

As part of the $5.25 billion US expansion project, wider locks with mechanical gates will reduce bottlenecks and be able to accommodate post-Panamex ships, which are as long as three football fields and have the ability to carry about 2.5 times the amount of containers than ships now using the canal.

The Miraflores Visitors Center offers visitors an opportunity to learn about the enduring legacy of one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World  and when making a visit to Panama it’s not to be missed.

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8 Responses to Endurance ~ A Marvel of Engineering

  1. cicero3332 says:

    == the $5.25 billion US expansion project ==

    What does the US have to do with the current expansion project?

    • indacampo says:

      I don’t think it has anything to do with it. A Spanish company is the main contractor and financing comes from several places. I believe that a law firm from New York looked after the legalities and putting the contracts together. But I’m no expert and the project certainly hasn’t been without its problems. The completion has been delayed a year due to some cost over runs and problems with the contractors.

      • Emma says:

        I would bet it’s clarifying US Dollars. Panama uses them but calls them balboas, so you’ll either see 5.25 billion B/ or 5.25 billion USD

      • indacampo says:

        Thanks Emma, I didn’t think about that. To me it’s interchangeable but to others who don’t know the monetary system here it might be a bit confusing. 🙂

  2. Visiting both the Miraflores Locks and the Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal and watching the ships transit through the canal was an amazing experience and one of the highlights of our time in Panama. We were blown away by the size of the ships that moved through the canal guided by the mules and with only inches to spare! After our visit we both read David McCullough’s book “The Path Between the Seas” (available as an e-book from Amazon) which offers a fascinating history of both the French and US efforts to build this modern marvel. Anita

    • indacampo says:

      We have the book also…actually I must remember to get it back from one of our Spanish teachers that wanted to read it in English.

      Yes, it is an amazing sight and a day well spent just watching the ships you can spend hours.

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  4. I’ve never been fortunate enough to see this but it’s certainly a marvel of endurance, both in the building of it and in the lasting of it. Nice choice.


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