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 )
Underwood & Underwood, Publishers
Place of Publication:
New York
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Subjects / Keywords:
Machinery   ( fast )
Railroads   ( fast )
Locks (Hydraulic engineering)   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


Many men watch a crane lifting a locomotive in Gatun Locks.
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Brothers Elmer and Bert Underwood founded Underwood & Underwood in 1880 in Ottawa, Kansas. Starting with door to door sales and eventually branching out into freelance photography work, the brothers' company grew large enough to relocate to New York City in 1891. At the turn of the century the firm was selling 300,000 stereographs a year. After stereograph production was discontinued in the 1920s, Underwood & Underwood sold its stereographic stock to The Keystone View Company. Source:
Gifted on behalf of William P. and Barbara L. Angrick

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University of Florida
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Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida
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accession number - 2013.2.77
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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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