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The Biggest Ship Yet Just Traversed the Panama Canal

It’s as long as the Eiffel Tower.

On August 15th, 1914, the U.S. Ancon became the first ship to pass through the Panama Canal, celebrating the completion of what was then one of the largest construction projects of all time.

Last year, after a decade of work, Panama—which gained sovereignty over the canal in 1999—opened a new, expanded version.

And this past week, on May 2nd, the new canal hosted its biggest ship yet: the COSCO Development, a Hong Kong ship that can hold over 13,000 18-foot cargo containers, and is as long as the Eiffel Tower is tall.

Photos show the ship barely slipping through the canal, pulled by a (comparatively) tiny tugboat. Next, she’s off to set another record—becoming the largest ship to ever arrive on the East Coast.

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