THE DITCH

The Ohio was built at the General Dynamics Electric Boat Shipyard in the state of Connecticut. When it was finished it was based at the new Bangor Submarine Base in the state of Washington. In July and August of 1982 the Gold Crew brought the boat around through the Panama Canal from the East Coast to the West Coast of the U.S.

Above is a picture of the boat being parked in the first of the Gatun locks on the Atlantic Ocean end of the canal.

Above is a picture of a man in an observation portal in the wall of one of the locks. When the lock was filled this portal was under water.

There were no water pumps to move the water around in the Panama Canal. The bulk of the canal is above sea level. Being in the tropics there was plenty of rain across the country of Panama to supply enough water to make pumps unnecessary. Water was released from the main portion of the canal into the locks to bring the boats up to the level of Rio Chagres, Gatun Lake (which is a large portion of the passage), and the canal that was dug from Gatun Lake to the Pacific Ocean.

The picture above is of one of our gunboat escorts that we had during the passage.



The rail vehicles that were used to pull ships through the locks were called mules. The rails that they traveled on can be seen on the inclined portions of the walls in the bottom picture.

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NAVY DAZE
RICKOVER'S NEW BOAT
MISSILE THINGIES
THE DITCH

2018-03-02