We were scheduled to pickup our advisor at 5:45am. The view above is looking up the Canal (north) toward the Bridge of the Americas as the rain comes in. Needless to say the advisor was rescheduled for 9am, not because of the weather – just because they wanted to get us up early. We drank coffee in the meantime.
And watched the weather get a little more rambunctious.
Freddie, our helpful advisor, showed up. Freddie’s day job is running a Canal dredge.
The calm of sunrise on Lake Gatun rudely interrupted by the screams of the howler monkeys.
It wasn’t till 3:00pm that we got our new pilot the next day. He was a young guy, relaxed in his shorts and ready to move. We ended up as the last lock down before they started only doing lock ups.
Passing the tug assisting the ship we will lock down with.
Raining pretty hard as we entered the last set of 3 locks.
Here’s a set of deck loaded power boats taking the easy way through the Canal southbound.
About 30 minutes after you pass through the last locks you enter the inner anchorage in Cristobal. Here’s a Texaco tanker getting some major welding done – you can see the cutting torch sparks in the blow up.
I’m crewing on Kokomo’s transit on Monday. Pretty soon I’ll have this down.