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Panama Canal: Culebra Cut

The Culebra Cut, also known at Gaillard Cut, is an 8 mile long trench dug out of the jungles of Panama. It was the most difficult section of the Panama Canal to be built. Many landslides occurred during the digging of the cut.


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. These photos were 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