Who else has been through the Panama Canal?
On my RTW trip, I crossed the Panama Canal on my way down through Central America the normal way — over the bridge. But on my long, long freighter ride home from New Zealand, I got to go through it for the first time.
It was surprisingly cool to do so.
Some quick off-the-wall facts on the Panama Canal:
- the Pacific Ocean is actually about 8 inches higher than the Atlantic side, so yes, sea level is not level.
- 65 ships are the most that have passed through on a single day.
- the smallest thing to cross was Richard Halliburton n August 23, 1928, paying a toll of 36 cents since his weight was 150 pounds.
- The highest toll paid for a transit through the Panama Canal until 1995 paid by the Crown Princess on May 2, 1993; it was US$141,349.97.
- A boat traveling from New York to San Francisco saves 7,872 miles by using the Panama Canal instead of going around Cape Horn.
- The Hydrofoil Pegasus of the United States Navy did the fastest transit of the Canal by completing it in 2 hours and 41 minutes.