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Posted By Robin & Jim

One day we hope to transit the Panama Canal on our own bottom, but in the meantime it's still very cool to see ADVENTURES make the trip one way or another.  As we're driving across country we've been watching for the EUROGRACHT (our ship) on marinetraffic.com.  Here is one more photo of our boat being loaded on the 450' EUROGRACHT a week ago in sunny Palm Beach, FL - she looks so tiny.

eurogracht lifting adventures

The EUROGRACHT popped into range on marinetraffic.com as she approached the Panama Canal yesterday morning, and we kept checking to see when she entered the Canal so we could catch a glimpse of ADVENTURES on the Panama Canal's web cams. It looked like the ship anchored to wait for the Pilot, and we couldn't tell how long the wait would be.  The ship's position didn't update for many hours, until we finally saw her transiting Gatun Lake (in the middle of the Canal) late last night.  We missed seeing her on the Atlantic-side (Gatun) web cam in daylight, but we stayed up very late to watch her come through the Pacific-side locks at Miraflores.  It was dark and the Canal's lights made a harsh glare on the web cam, but we could clearly see the EUROGRACHT entering the first of the two Miraflores locks, with a big load of boats on her deck.

miraflores lowering

ADVENTURES is all the way towards the back of the ship's superstructure, in the center.  We could barely make her out in some of the web cam shots, but it was still a big thrill to see her one more time before we get to Victoria.  She has made this trip through the Canal once before, aboard a ship, when she was first delivered to Florida after her construction in Taiwan back in 1988.

As the EUROGRACHT was exiting the lock we caught a better (but still pretty bad) view of her, as well as the Outer Reef GINGER owned by a friend.

exiting miraflores

It was about 2:50 in the morning east coast time when the EUROGRACHT cruised out of the locks and into the Pacific Ocean, and now we just have to watch for when she makes port calls in Golfito, Costa Rica and Ensenada, Mexico before we'll see her in Victoria.

It's hard to wait!


 
3 Comment(s):
Bob Kovach said...
Really enjoyed looking at the pics and reading about Adventures gettingLoaded out. Went through the rest of your 2012 Blog as well. We are excited for you both and wish you a great time in the PNW....Safe Cruising Bob
April 30, 2013 10:59 PM
 
Myke & Bill said...
You two are amazing. So glad to have the blog to follow you on this adventure. Stay safe. Love you both. mo
April 26, 2013 9:56 AM
 
Jim &Cathy said...
How cool is that!! We shared your blog with the CBC folks last Sunday so yiu should have more 'fans' looking on.
April 25, 2013 8:42 AM
 
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