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21765-Laborers Rafting Spiles for Cofferdams, EaEboa, Canal Zone.
In this picture, again, we have a view of
the upper end of Panama Bay at the village
of Balboa, where the canal channel leaves
the bay proper. The long spiles (or piles)
heaped up on the shore are being rolled to
the water and rafted away for u:ag in the
construction of cofferdams. The laborers
here have adopted a costume most inex-
pensive and not easily ruined if one should
-ccasionally lose his balance and roll faster
than the spiles into the water. The ma-
jority of the laborers along the canal are
Spaniards, Italians, and negroes.
The spiles here shown are very long in-
deed. it the water's edge a group of them
is being bound together for rafting purposes
to their place of destination. The coffer-
dams for which they will be used are really
water-tight enclosures, constructed by these
spiles being driven close together into the
bottom of the channel and clay packed be-
tween them. The water may then be
pumped from the cofferdam enclosure and
the bottom examined, foundations laid,
piers built, etc.
Copyright 1913, by The Keystoic Vicu Company.
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