Time went by and in 1903 the United States and Panama agreed to sign a contract, which resulted in the building of such channel through the Isthmus.
The works were not finished until ten years later and the total costs were about three hundred and eighty seven million dollars.
Finally, on the 15th August 1914 the first crossing through the new and emblematic Panama Channel was made, in the American freighter "Ancón".
Regarding distances, the channel is about eighty kilometers long.
In order to make the crossing from one ocean to the other all the ships must be elevated, using three pairs of floodgates to reach a height of eighty-five feet.
As for the time, it takes about eight hours or more to complete the journey through the channel. However, most crafts stay between fourteen and twenty-four hours in territorial waters.