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Great crane lifting locomotive over Gatun Locks (View toward Atlantic)

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Great crane lifting locomotive over Gatun Locks (View toward Atlantic)
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Angrick, Bill ( donor )
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Underwood & Underwood, Publishers
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Gifted on behalf of William P. and Barbara L. Angrick

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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Material Information

Title:
Great crane lifting locomotive over Gatun Locks (View toward Atlantic)
Physical Description:
Photograph
Donor:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Publisher:
Underwood & Underwood, Publishers
Publication Date:

Notes

Donation:
Gifted on behalf of William P. and Barbara L. Angrick

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved on the material.
Resource Identifier:
2013.2.77
System ID:
AA00015197:00001

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S 1288. Geography and Transportation.-We are
at the Gatun Locks looking north toward Limon Bay
anid the Caribbean Sea only a few miles away. The
.Great Gattn ,Dam which. holds back the waters of the
Chagres River is just offA t_ the left and in back of us,
and Gatun Lake. thus 'formed is directly behind us.
This is 85 feet higher than the water you see ahead,
that being level with the sea; hence the need of these
locks. By a series., of three locks at this end and three
at the other end of this high level, boats are raised or
lowered from one level to the other. Here we see
some of Uncle Sam's soldiers watching that huge crane
as it lifts with perfect ease the locomotive weighing
perhaps 50 tons and swings it across to the other side
of the lock. The crane rests on a large raft or barge
which has been moved into this position for the pur-
pose, and which can be easily floated out again-when
this work has been finished. Here also we see a long
row of concrete poles for the great electric lights that


turn night into day at the locks. On the left is a light-
house which throws its welcome rays to mariners en-
tering the Canal from the Atlantic side. Also note the
tracks pver which the electric motors run that tow boats
through the-Jlcks. At the right you will notice a simi-
lar .lock for the accommodation of boats moving in the
oppQsite direction.
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