Exhibit object list and interpretive labels - Building the Canal: Role of Heavy Construction and Engineering Equipment

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Exhibit object list and interpretive labels - Building the Canal: Role of Heavy Construction and Engineering Equipment
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Building the Canal: Role of Heavy Construction & Engineering Equipment | 1 Building the Canal : Role of Heavy Construction & Engineering Equipment August 11, 2014 December 12, 2014 Marston Science Library, 2nd Floor George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Curated by Michael Howell with assistance from Joseph Smith Part of the University of Florida Panama Canal Centennial Celebration After the French failed to build a Canal on the Isthmus of Panama, th e United States began their construction efforts in 1904. Construction of the Canal included three distinct construction divisions: the Atlantic Division which worked from Limn Bay to Gatn; the Central Division which ran from Gatn to Pedro Miguel; and t he Pacific Division which worked from Pedro Miguel to the Panama Bay. The varying differences in topography and terrain required specialized equipment and engineering ingenuity to complete the task. Excavating the Panama Canal involved the removal of over 300 million yards of rock and dirt. For this, the Americans purchased 102 new, railroad mounted steam shovels. In 1907, the construction fleet also included 560 drills, more than 50 cranes, 20 dredges, giant hydraulic rock crushers, cement mixers, and pne umatic power drills; nearly all of which were manufactured to include the latest technology developed in the United States. Keystone View Company Old Dredge Abandoned by the French on Chagres River, Bohio, Panama Canal Zone 1907 Stereograph 2013.2.92 Panama Canal Museum Collection, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries Gift of Bill Angrick http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00015213/00001 The obsolete French paddle wheel dredges we re no match for the enormous digging capacity of the American steam shovels which replaced them. The paddlers faced an unpleasant ending as they lay rusting away, submerged in murky water. W.A. Fishbaugh I.C.C. 1201 Bucyrus Steam Shovel with Workers Gelatin silver print 2004.027.803 Panama Canal Museum Collection, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries Gift of Pat Bjorneby http://ufdc.ufl.edu/PCMI010035/00001

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Building the Canal: Role of Heavy Construction & Engineering Equipment | 2 Miraflores Locks Construction Site 1913 Photograph 2013.1.497 Panama Canal Museum Collection, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries Gift of Frank J. Mcleod http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00014722/00004 The large gantry cranes were utilized to lift and move heavy loads over a wide expanse. This type of crane was normally mounted on rail trucks and was capable of being move d or repositioned as needed. Ernest Hallen (American, 1875 1947) 13 X116. Gaillard Cut Culebra. Looking south from West bank. Channel completely blocked by slides from East and West banks. Dredges excavating slide material. 1915 Gelatin silver print 2003.064.005.001 Panama Canal Museum Collection, Spec ial & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries Gift of J.E. Dorn Thomas http://ufdc.ufl.edu/PCMI008651/00001 Ernest Hallen (American, 1875 1947) 30 F3 Miraflores Upper Locks. Berm Cranes in operation on West Bank. November 8, 1911. 1911 Gelatin silver print 2001.074.001.0 38 Panama Canal Museum Collection, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries Gift of Doris and Ken Tuley http://ufdc.ufl.edu/PCMI006159/00001 Berm cranes in operation removing spoil and shaping the west bank. Vibert and Dixon View of west wall showing concrete spans 80 ft. Long, Pedro Miguel Locks From Pictorial Panama Canal 2004.027.784 Panama Canal Museum Collection, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries Gift of Pat Bjorneby http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00019304/00001/7x Construction debris is then loaded onto flat cars and hauled to a disposal site.

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Building the Canal: Role of Heavy Construction & Engineering Equipment | 3 Ernest Hallen (American 1875 1947) 517 1/2 K. Upper Locks, Gatun, Showing 208 1/2 ft. of East Side Wall Comple ted. April 1, 1910 1910 Gelatin silver print 2013.8.100 Panama Canal Museum Collection Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries Gift of Dusty Graham and Ann Lafferty http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00017879/00001 Bucyrus International and TWH Collectibles Bucyrus Steam Shovel Model 1:48 scale replica 2007 Panama Canal Museum Collection, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries Gift of the Panama Canal Museum At the time of its debut, the Bucyrus 95 ton steam shovel was marketed as the most powerful ever built. Being able to mass produce such a capable machine afforded Bucyrus the rights to 77 of the 102 steam shovels used in the c onstruction of the Pan ama Canal. Michael Howell Digging the Canal 1/87 scale modeling July 2014 The construction of a canal with locks required the excavation of more than 170,000,000 cubic yards of material over the 30,000,000 cubic yards excavated by the French. The large steam shovels proved to be the most essential piece of equipment in canal con struction. Michael Howell Dam and Floodgate Construction: Miraflores Locks 1/87 scale modeling July 2014 The Miraflores Locks consist of two flights that can raise or lower a ship 54 feet. Isthmian Canal Commission Plate 111 [reproduction] From Annual report of the Isthmian Canal Commission and the Panama Canal for the fiscal year ended 1914 1914 Panama Canal Museum Collection, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries Gift of the Panama Canal Museum http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00097363/00005/43x