Old Dredge Abandoned by the French on Chagres River, Bohio, Panama Canal Zone


Material Information

Old Dredge Abandoned by the French on Chagres River, Bohio, Panama Canal Zone
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
Copyright Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Dredging   ( fast )
Machinery   ( fast )
Panama--Chagres River   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


An old dredge abandoned in the Chagres River by the French Canal Commission.
Scope and Content:
B. L. Singley founded The Keystone View Company in 1892 in Meadville, Pennsylvania. The company quickly became the world's largest view company, having at least 250,000 negatives (of which some 50,000 were available as numbered views) by the 1930s. These images were meant to bring international experiences into the palm of the average person's hand, to be revisted in private or during social gatherings. It has been said that the ability of the stereograph to bring vicarious experiences to faraway people makes this medium parallel to the internet or television today. The Keystone View Company also focused on the educational value of their products, employing teams of people to write explanatory texts that were printed on the backs of the stereograph cards. This text, along with the imagery, presents the dominant vision of American ideals and interests during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Source 1: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/ft1q2n999m/ Source 2: http://www.yellowstonestereoviews.com/publishers/keystone.html
Gifted on behalf of William P. and Barbara L. Angrick

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida
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20865---0Od Dredge Abandoned by the French on Chagres River, Bohio, Panama Canal Zone.
When the French were working on the far south as Bohio. It is 16 miles from
Panama Canal, this machine was consid- Colon. These machines never did much
ered a great invention. Now it wouldI word, tor the French Canal Company
not be used if all its parts were in place. became bankrupt and was taken over by
The machines that can be used for do- a receiver, F:. aary 4, 1889. The com-
ing the work this one did, are vastly pany had expended $265,938,600 and it
superior to it. It would be false econ- was calcuiaced that less than half the
omy to use this dredge if it were in work was done. While many millions of
perfect condition. dollars were spent for machinery, the
Its buckets and many other parts are management of the enterprise was
lacking. These have been washed away "characterized by a degree of extrav-
by the floods of the Chagres. They are agance and corruption that have had few
lost or destroyed. The parts that remain if any equal in the history of the world."
are eaten with rust and foul with decay. This dredge was made of good material.
To repair it would cost as much as to Its parts show that the machinists who
buy a new one. According to the plans constructed it did excellent work. This
of the French Canal Company a portion is evident. The storms that have blown
of the Chagres river was to be deepened over it and the floods that have hurled
and form a part of the Canal. For this themselves against it, have left it a mon-
Sreason quite a number of these dredges ument to their honesty and skilL
are to be found in the Chagres river as
Copyright 1907, by Keystone View Company.



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