This week's Take Us Along winner is Larry Fuller of Louisville, Ky. He took Kentucky Auto & RV along on a trip through the Panama Canal. He is shown with a copy of the magazine at the Gatun Locks
The Panama Canal is a 4-mile ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean, via the Caribbean Sea, to the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal.
France began work on the canal in 1881 but stopped due to engineering problems and a high worker mortality rate. The United States took over the project in 1904 and opened the canal on Aug. 15, 1914.
One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the Panama Canal shortcut greatly reduced the time for ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.