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Panama Canal: Gatun Lake

Gatun Lake is a man make lake, created in 1913 by the damming of the Chagres River, in the isthmus of Panama. It is 21 miles long, and connects the Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal with Culebra Cut. All ships that transit the Canal make the passage through Gatun Lake.


The Panama Canal is one of the greatest engineering marvels of the modern era. Begun in 1880 by the French, it was completed by the United States, opening to traffic on August 15, 1914. This photo was taken onboard the cruise ship Coral Princess. We made a complete transit of the canal from the Atlantic (Caribbean) side to the Pacific side, travelling from north to south.

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Taken on April 29, 2012