Saturday, October 20, 2012

"MARCONI" at the Panama Canal

"GUGLIELMO MARCONI" is now at Balboa, a district of Panama City located at the Pacific entrance to the PANAMA CANAL, the town was named after Spanish Conquistador Vasco Nunez de Balboa and founded by the United States during the construction of the PANAMA CANAL. The ship will stay until 5am tomorrow, when the transit of the PANAMA CANAL will begin, "MARCONI" will take 11 hours to get to Cristobal on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Canal.

The PANAMA CANAL is a 78 kms ship canal that connects the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, named by the American Society of Civil Engineers has one of the "seven wonders of modern world", the canal was built between 1881 and 1914, the ownership of the Territory went from Colombian to French and then American before coming under control of the Panamanian Government in 1999. The canal shortcut made possible for ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in half the time previously needed, making it no longer necessary for ships to negotiate Cape Horn in South America.

"GUGLIELMO MARCONI" will be arriving at Cristobal tomorrow at 4 pm and will stay for seven hours., after that the last leg of this World Voyage with the ship calling at Curacao/Lisbon/Malaga/Malta/Piraeus and then Messina, Napoli and finally Genova.

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