Ships Passing Nearby

We see ships of many different nations passing very nearby while we are tied up at the Balboa Yacht Club in the Pacific entrance channel to the Panama Canal.

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This is an example of the tankers that pass by almost every day.

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There are lots of these boxy car-carrier ships going both ways thru the canal.

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Occasionally we see the gray ships of the Navy of various nations entering the canal. This ship is from the Japanese Navy.

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Last week a new Vancouver Ferry passed thru on its way to Vancouver BC, Canada. The logo and pictures on the side of the ferry celebrate the up-coming Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010.

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We even had a square-rigged training ship of the Chilean Navy pass by about two weeks ago. Notice all the sailors standing in the rigging and along the yard-arms.

We do enjoy sitting out on the deck of Lanikai in the evening, watching the ships pass into and out of the canal; at that time of evening they seem to be going in both directions. There is a large container-ship port between us and the first locks of the canal so some of the ships only go that far and return back out; indeed some of those are too big to go thru the canal !