As of 2014, there are three sets of locks in the Panama Canal: the three-chambered Gatun Locks, the one-chambered Pedro Miguel Locks and the two-chambered Miraflores Locks. Each lock is built double to accommodate two independent transit lanes.Know More
The locks on the Panama Canal lift ships 85 feet to the canal's main elevation and then down again. The ships go up in three chambers and then down in three chambers, taking about eight to 10 hours for a complete journey through the canal.
The Panama Canal's expansion project, slated for completion in 2015, adds two triple locks to the canal. These new locks are 65 percent larger and designed to conserve more fresh water per transit than the older locks.Learn More
The Panama Canal cuts across the isthmus of Panama providing ship passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It runs from the city of Colon on the Atlantic side to Balboa on the Pacific side.Full Answer >
The Panama Canal is a 48-mile international waterway that crosses the Isthmus of Panama, which divides Panama into two parts. The canal allows ships to pass between the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean, shortening the journey by roughly 8,000 miles compared to the traditional route around Cape Horn.Full Answer >
The Panama Canal was first attempted by the Spanish government beginning in 1819, although it was not completed until 1913 by the U.S. government, after the country of Panama was created in 1903. It was first used on August 15, 1914.Full Answer >
The Panama Canal was built to satisfy British and American shipping interests between the Atlantic and Pacific. The construction was completed in 1914 under the Roosevelt administration.Full Answer >