Panama Canal 100th Anniversary Events

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 in Canal, Events, SAMAAP News | 3 comments

Panama Canal 100th Anniversary Events

Conozca su Canal The Society of Friends of the Afro-Caribbean Museum of Panama held their Panama Canal Centennial Gala at the Riu Hotel on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. At this event SAMAAP will paid tribute to the following five individuals who have documented or impacted our history: Cap. Vilma Romero, First female Panamanian pilot of the Canal Dr. Michael Conniff (USA), Author of Black Labor on a White Canal Lic. Roman Foster (USA), Producer of The Diggers film Dr. Velma Newton (Barbados), Author of...

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Construction of the Panama Canal

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 in Canal | 0 comments

Construction of the Panama Canal

On October 10, 1913, the dike at Gamboa, which had kept the Culebra Cut isolated from Gatun Lake, was demolished; the initial detonation was set off telegraphically by President Woodrow Wilson in Washington. On January 7, 1914, the Alexandre La Valley, an old French crane boat, became the first ship to make a complete transit of the Panama Canal under its own steam, having worked its way across in the final stages of construction.

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Operation of the Panama Canal

Posted on Aug 5, 2008 in Canal | 1 comment

Operation of the Panama Canal

The canal makes the trip from the east coast to the west coast of the U.S. much shorter than the route taken around the tip of South America prior to 1914. Though traffic continues to increase through the canal, many oil supertankers and military battleships and aircraft carriers can not fit through the canal. There’s even a class of ships known as “Panamax,” those built to the maximum capacity of the Panama canal and its locks. It takes approximately fifteen hours to traverse the canal through...

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Panama Canal Expansion

Posted on Aug 5, 2008 in Canal | 0 comments

Panama Canal Expansion

“A Man, A Plan, A Canal – Panama,” is perhaps the greatest palindrome of all time. And now, the $5.2 billion canal-expansion project, which just broke ground and is scheduled to be completed in time to mark the 100th anniversary of the canal in 2014, is perhaps the greatest remodeling project of all time. The expansion of the world’s most important commercial route consists of building a third set of locks that are 40 percent longer and 60 percent wider than the original locks, allowing the Panama Canal to double...

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Centennial Bridge

Posted on Jan 27, 2008 in Canal | 0 comments

Centennial Bridge

Panama’s Centennial Bridge (Spanish: Puente Centenario) is a major bridge crossing the Panama Canal. It was built to supplement the overcrowded Bridge of the Americas, and to replace it as the carrier of the Pan-American Highway; upon its opening in 2004, it became only the second permanent crossing of the canal. The Centennial Bridge is only the second major road crossing of the Panama Canal, the first being the Bridge of the Americas. (Small service bridges are built in to the lock structures at...

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