Gatun Locks, Panama Canal


Name:  Gatun Locks, Panama Canal

Place:  Isthmus of Panama, Central America

View:  Photograph of a cargo ship about to enter the lock chamber at Gatun Locks.   These locks are the nearest to the entrance to the canal from the Atlantic side, and consist of three pairs of lock chambers that raise ships 26 meters above sea-level.

Construction began on Gatun Locks in 1909, and the first trial was in 1913.

Architects:  Engineering design of Locks:  Lieutenant Colonel Harry Hodges, Edward Schildhauer, Henry Goldmark.  Construction by the Philadelphia company, Day & Zimmermann, (formerly Dodge & Day).

Catalogue No. ZP3007

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