Our recent transit of the Panama Canal marked a milestone moment for E/V Nautilus. For the first time in the ship's life as an exploration vessel, it crossed into the Pacific Ocean. In addition to being historic, the transit was also extraordinarily scenic, as exemplified in the gallery below.
Following our work in the Gulf of Mexico, the E/V Nautilus will transit from Galveston, TX to Panama and then transit through the Panama Canal, a historic crossing that signals the entry of Nautilus to its future work in the East Pacific region. The Panama Canal officially opened on August 15, 1914, one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken. The shorter, faster, and safer route to the U.S. West Coast and to nations in and around the Pacific Ocean allowed those places to become more integrated with the world economy.