U.S. Dredge Sandpiper excavating in lock site at Myraflores, Panama Canal
Orr, Thomas C. ( donor )
12 x 15 inches
Subjects / Keywords:
Miraflores Locks (Panama) Dredges Excavation
Photograph of U.S. Dredge Sandpiper working in the Miraflores Lock area during construction of the Panama Canal. Crew members are standing on deck. Caption on front reads: U.S. Dredge Sandpiper excavating in lock site at Myraflores. Panama Canal. 1. Capt. Fisher, 2. 2nd Mate O'Conner, 3. 2nd Engr. Ross, 4. 1st Engr. Grace 5. Operator Herman 6. Chief Engr. Orr 7. Operator Borden 8. 1st Mate Svenson. Rest of crew are blacks.
This photograph is titled “U.S. Dredge Sandpiper excavating in lock site at Myraflores, Panama Canal” and was taken in 1910, years before the Panama Canal opened in August of 1914. It depicts the U.S. Dredge Sandpiper working in the Miraflores lock area during construction of the Panama Canal. Black (possibly West Indian and African American) and White crew members are the focal point of the photograph, and they are standing under living quarters. Labor workers were divided into gold and silver pay roll based on race. Unclear whether living quarters pictured were for gold or silver.
Mounted, it measures 12 x 15 inches.
The above information taken from photo of the dredge some time before the Canal opened in August 1914. My Grandfather was Wm. Thomas Orr mentioned as Chief Engr. Note tiny numbers appearing above men described in photo.
The Sandpiper was a suction dredge. Note living quarters above and dining hall. Note five rolled up canvas curtains used to keep rain out during downpours. Just one of many types and sizes of dredges used in the construction of the Canal. All part of the Dredging Division based in Gamboa, Canal Zone. Located there with slides prevalent this location made access to either end of the Canal a possibility. Myraflores went on the become Miraflores as the correct spelling.
Research and additional metadata (metadata is the citation information, including the alternate title, abstract, subject terms, abstract, added notes, and other item information) written and contributed in May 2014 by Stephanie Dhuman and Kassie Renneker for course: “Panama Silver, Asian Gold: Migration, Money, and the Making of the Modern Caribbean” (Spring 2014, taught by Leah Rosenberg at the University of Florida).
University of Florida
Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida