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Gateway to the Pacific
Description: Details the construction of the Panama Canal and demonstration of ships passing through it.
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Clip #: TFA-271C
Length: 6:14
Year: 1940
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1940s
Region: Central America
Country: Panama
Subject: Canals
Original: 16mm
1940s, Panama, Panama Canal, Panama City pre-Panama Canal, Panamá Viejo, Old Panama City Ruins, sailors exploring ruins, map of old route from North America around Cape Horn, rain hanging over Panama, construction of canal, dynamite being used to blast through hills, Isthmus of Panama, steam shovels scooping up rock and dirt and dumping into dirt trains to be transported for use in building roads and dams, Panal Canal construction scenes, dams and spillways constructed to provide water to fill canal, construction of locks, completed canal , navy ship passing through canal, ships entering locks and being towed by electric locomotives, “mules,” ship rising, Gaillard Cut, Gatun Lake, ship being lowered to sea level

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