When They Closed The Canal

The torrential rains also forced the Panama Canal to close for only the third time in history.  [The Canal was previously closed only twice, once for a landslide that blocked Gaillard Cut, and once prior to the US Invasion of Panama.]

Now here is a video on YouTube taken from that bridge at the height of the flooding. What you see are islands, complete with trees, being washed intact down the Chagres River and into the Panama Canal. Trees, just being smashed as they are forced by the power of the river under the bridge, and all this debris flowing right into the main channel of the Panama Canal.

Get my book (hint! hint!) and read why this is exactly the reason why de Lesseps sea level Canal . . . well, one of the reasons . . . wouldn’t have worked.

Don’t plan to cruise through the Canal without getting my book folks. Really! It’s readable, unlike some Canal tomes, interesting, and really will help you get the most out of your day in the Panama Canal.

The standard historical tome about the Canal is David McCullough’s THE PATH BETWEEN THE SEAS: THE CREATION OF THE PANAMA CANAL 1870-1914.  It’s a long, but compelling, historical book loaded with footnotes.  McCullough is a great historian and writer, BUT, as the title indicates, it covers only the period 1870-1914.  So for folks taking a Canal cruise I wrote PANAMA CANAL DAY: AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO CRUISING THE PANAMA CANAL.  Less of a treatise, and designed not only to cover the construction period, but everything that went BEFORE and what’s happened in the over 100 years since the Canal opened.

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