Steam-shovel and tripod drills deepening canal prism in 70 ft berm, Culebra Cut


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Steam-shovel and tripod drills deepening canal prism in 70 ft berm, Culebra Cut
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Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Underwood & Underwood, Publishers
Place of Publication:
New York
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Subjects / Keywords:
Excavation   ( fast )
Steam shovels   ( fast )
Labor   ( fast )
Railroads   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


A steam shovel, drill, and many laborers at work within an excavation site in Culebra Cut.
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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 - 2013.2.79
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11479. Geography.-Culebra Cut extends from
Bas Obispo, some thirty miles south of the Atlantic
entrance to the canal, to Pedro Miguel, some eight
miles north of the Pacific entrance. WVe are looking
north over the deepest part, between Empire and
Economic History.-This is where De Lesseps, flushed
with the success of the Suez Canal, met his WVaterloo.
When the Cucaracha Slide began tumbling down about
the ears of his engineers they hopelessly fled. In all,
France dug away here from 1879-1889, took out 80,-
000,000 cubic yards of dirt and spent $260,000,000-all
demonstrating the utter impossibility of a 'ea-level
canal through Panama. After De Lesseps the New
Panama Canal Company worked from 1894-1904. Then
the United States bought France out and set to work.
In ten years' time she has brought to pass a dream
that had been tantalizing the world for four hundred
Industries.-Machinery.-These queer looking ma-
chines on the bank at the right are tripod drills-
compressed air machines excavating holes for dynamite
charges that will presently reduce this bank to the level
of the one seventy feet below. Down in the canal bot-

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tom, 500 feet below the original surface level at this
point, we see one of the famous Panama steam shovels.
It seems almost human as it puffs away at its hercu-
lean task. 'Ihis shovel has a dipper that can scoop
up seven or eight tons of cirt and rock at one mouth-
ful, hoist it, swing around, and deposit the load in the
dirt cars, one of which it can load in two minutes. It
weighs 105 tons. The record for a d.v's work for
such a shovel was 4,823cutic yards (8,305 tons).
Refer aonat to tiis view 1 w"'n considering PPhysiography,
Geolciy, T ranst or taiio I'colh : a':d l .i:.s.

Steam shovel and tripod drills at work in Culebra Cut,
(, '.) Panama.
Pelle a vapeur et forests i trois pieds ein movement
dans le canal de iCulelra, ( I.) Pannama.
Dampf Schaufel und Tripod Drill im Gange am Cule-
bra Graben, (V'.) Panama.
Pala a vapor y taladros tripodes trabajando en el tajo
de La Culebra, (0.) Panamna.
Angskofvel samt trefotsdrillborr i arbete i Culebra
skirningen, (V.) Panama.
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