Flamenco Island

After the transit we dropped the pilot and then went alongside the La Playita marina at Flamenco Island.

These used to be islands but are now connected to the mainland with a causeway built using material from the canal widening.


Looking back at the islands, the canal / Balboa approach signal station visible and Panama City in the background.

The marina was prone to surge and we broke three mooring lines while there but otherwise was fine.

Miraflores Locks

Given the short distance we steamed down to Miraflores with Catalyst rafted alongside.


The gates open after we dropped down in the first chamber, the museum and visitor observation platform visible to the left.


The control station


The gates open in the first chamber



A look at the incline between the locks, tracks for the mules and also the track they lock onto.


A photo from instagram, photographer unknown but thanks.

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The final gate opens. The swing bridge on the left used to carry a railway line over the canal.


Catalyst makes a quick getaway, anything to beat Lois to the supermarket.


It was a great transit, the crew demonstrated good seamanship skills and we all had fun.

The canal is a magnificent piece of engineering but for others its just a good fishing spot


The Bridge of the Americas and behind that the Pacific Ocean


PS: Lois gave all the groceries back.