Freighter ships are all lined up for the Atlantic Ocean entrance of the Panama Canal
Take a number!
You can see all of the cranes at the Port for unloading cargo containers from the behemoths
Colón in the distance
An Evergreen freighter was exiting the breakwater area as we were going in to the harbor
Notice the shape of the bow, this allows the ship to handle incredibly large seas
More cranes at the Port
Kate enjoying the scenery on the way in to the harbor
This is exciting! It was a very BUSY place
Headed straight to your local Wal Mart
The view from the stern
The bridge was about 8 stories high
We're havin' a Blast!
Colón here we come!
There is a breakwater, or 2 mile long stretches of rock, to protect the harbor from swells and wake from the huge ships or storms
Notice the rock wall through the middle of the picture
There are towers with lights at the ends of the seawall or breakwater so you can navigate through the pass at night - Don't want to hit this with the boat
Inside the harbor ships were anchored everywhere
Inside the harbor, Cpt Mark is in control
There was a tall ship called Mandalay at anchor in the harbor, she was well over 100ft long
Mandalay from St. Georges looked like a commercially run vessel
The town of Colón
Colón has had a terrible crime problem ever since the Americans handed over ownership of the Canal to the Panamanian govt, it is Extremely dangerous downtown
We were told by the dock master not to leave the Yacht Club
A church in downtown Colón
An enormous covered containership, possibly transporting cars??
A pilot boat that leads large ships into and out of the breakwater area
Some fees for the pilot boats are well over $10,000
Looks like the control station for the harbor
Pier 6 was gorgeous
It looked more like it was used for a warehouse and commercially as a restaurant or bar maybe??
The anchorage for sailboats
There was wireless internet at the Yacht Club, so we were able to catch up on a lot of business