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overnor-PresidentA Editor, English Edition
ue"ant o Unor Editor, Spanish Edition
eutenant Governor 1E Writers
'anal Information Officer Official Panama Canal Publication FRANKLIN CASTRELLON AND PANDOI
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Panama's painted plates with
distinctive pre-Columbian de-
signs are favorite souvenirs.

Culinary Capers
Recipes for exotic drinks to
sip and savor and desserts
with a special flavor.

The "QE2" 1
Around-the-wtorld-in-80 days
cruise includes record break-
ing transit of the Panama

What happened to the "Bremen? 22
The dramatic demise of a
history-making ship.

Horses 23
Hundreds of horse owners
find family fun and friendly
competition at local shows.

Oil 29
The smaller tanker plays a
vital role.

Credits: Photos by Kecin Jenkins (p. 6 batea de-
signs and p. 15 "QE2"), Robert Friar (p. 4
batea bowls), Don Goode (p. 16 "QE2" in
Gaillard Cut and horses p. 23, 24, 25, 27),
Sketch p. 29 by Carlos Mdndez.

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Queen Elizabeth

The muted colors of the batea on our
front cover are the result of many years
of research by Diana Chiari, the orig-
inator of this Panamanian art form.
With plant pigments and clay, she has
been able to reproduce the colors which
appear on pre-Columbian clay pots and
plates, such as those in the foreground
of the photograph. A part of the collec-
tion of the 193d Infantry Brigade Mu-
seum at Fort Amador, these artfully
dccorateJ pieces were loaned for the
photograph by Irene Chan, curator of
the museum.
The original design on this batea,
which belongs to Dr. Horace Loftin,
of the Executive Planning Staff, came
from a pre-Columbian plate dug up in
Parita in Herrera Province. It depicts a
small fish who found a haven when the
three large fish chasing him ended up
chasing each other.
On the back cover are four bateas
painted by Dr. Leo M. Rettinger, who
uses acrylics to paint bateas that fea-
ture dramatic bright colors on a stark
white background. His designs, copies
of original ones found in museums, de-
pict alligators, snakes, and other animal
gods giving birth to small replicas of
themselves, which are symbolic of the
continuity of nature. The two plates at
the bottom are original clay plates
made by pre-Columbian potters. The
bateas are standing on ancient hand-
carved metates.
The cover photographs as well as all
others in this issue, unless otherwise
credited, are by Arthur L. Pollack.
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In the centerspread of this issue is a
charcoal drawing by John Morton, of
the Executive Planning Staff, which
shows the Queen Elizabeth 2 in Mira-
flores Locks. It has been reproduced on
special paper and inserted so that it
can be easily removed for framing.

FALL 1975




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A revival of an ancient art form,

Panama's distinctive bateas are a

colorful combination of

creativity and craftsmanship

with their distinctive pre-Colum-
bian designs, make delightful decora-
tions and are among the most sought-
after souvenir items on the Isthmus.
As Panamanian as the pollera, the
mola and the mosqueta, these artistic-
ally painted wooden plates, which
come in various sizes and shapes, aie
the outgrowth of an ancient art form
revived some 40 ears ago bv Diana
Chiari, a well-known local artist.


During a ceremony held last year at
the National Museum, Diana was pre-
sented the Order of Manuel Jose Hur-
tado, the Republic of Panama's highest
honor bestowed upon a teacher. The
award was in recognition of her in-
valuable contributions to the promotion
and appreciation of native creativity
and craftsmanship.
A display of her artistry that evening
included ceramic plates, textiles, a
number of other articles fashioned from
clay, and several bateas painted with
her original designs.
The idea for the batea of the type
popular today germinated in Diana's
mind after she began decorating the
primitive clay dishes used for making
tortillas in the interior of Panama.
Tourists admired her colorful clay
plates with the unusual designs but
hesitated to buy them as souvenirs
because they were heavy and easily
broken. To solve these problems, Diana
experimented with painting the same
designs on the wooden plates which are
considered an indispensable item in

manYv rural households. These plat,-:
with upturned edges called bateas, -ie
used for everything from carrying th1i
wash to and from the river and cle:k,-
ins rice to serving as dinner plates
As a vounI graduate of the Nor-nal
School in Panama City. Diana was .,:il
to La Arena. a potter's village in P ii,-
ama's interior, to teach school. Wi\iL,
employed there, she learned pott:,.'-
making from the mothers of her 'Ii-
dents who cane to the classroom to

By Fannie Hernaindez

teach the craft that had been a ce.i.-
munitv activity for centuries. Using tI,:
traditional, simple methods, she knead, I
and shaped the clay, went to the m :r
for the rounded stones used to pclil
the pottery and collected dried '.
dung from the fields for firing the cli,
Her enthusiasm and innate creativity .i
the use of the native elements was *,
keen that soon she was teaching the vI-
lagers. Women, children and men, li,
had previously shunned potter-i-m.J:-
ing, were inspired by her to learn n,i:.
methods for improving their techniqit-
without losing the traditional qual tv
and native touch.
Like Millet, the French peasant '..h
became a celebrated painter and ref-
erred to art as a "treating of the coii-
monplace with the feeling of the sub-
lime," Diana's sincere belief in the pulr
native art form rnbbed off on the
pottery makers, who began to take
pride in their creations. Gradually pot-
tery-making became the livelihood of
many of the villagers. Later, it became
a home industry and an art. Today, the

Bateas by Diana Chiari, originator of the
Panama art form.


La Arena Ceramics Center, wh,.:h he
founded with the help of her bll:.ithrs
Gilberto and Carlos, is flourishing Tli-
beautifully made dishes and pottery are
attracting attention not only in Pallaii
but also abroad.
Diana's bateas also have caught the
r" evye of connoisseurs and are sought by
collectors, museums, art galleries and
others who appreciate the simplicity
and originality of native art.
In the United States they have been
exhibited at Macy's in New York City,
ait the University of Arkansas Museum,
the Stuhr Museum at Grand Island,
Nebr., and at the Art Center in Louis-
ville, Ky. The largest batea she has
ever made was 4 feet in diameter, the
smallest, 2 inches by 3 inches. In addi-
tonm to being decorative, bateas can be
used as table tops or serving trays and
.- .. are popular as gifts.
In the early stages of batea making,
Diana spent many hours at the newly
opened National Museum, carefully
sketching the designs painted on the

A contribution to Panama's cultural heritage...

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Diana Chiari adds a finishing touch to one of her bateas. Using plants and earth,
she revived an art, gave character to a humble craft and pride to its creators.
Her bateas are sought by connoisseurs, museums and art galleries.
At left, is one displayed at the National Museum of Panama and above, are some
of her bowls and a fish-shaped batca.

FALL 1975

museum's collection of precious pre-
Columbian artifacts which had been
dug up in Coel6 Province and are
known as the "Cocl6 Culture." These
are considered particularly valuable
because of their fine quality and the
indelible nature of the colors, which
neither age nor humidity have de-
Ijetermined to reproduce the authen-
tic muted designs of the ancient ce-
ramics, Diana began experimenting
with the plant pigments and clays em-
ployed by the primitive potters to color
their wares. She had quickly ruled out
commercial enamels and lacquers as
being too bright. After much trial and
error, she achieved what she believes
to be the original Indian colors which
are today the trademark of her bateas.
Everything she uses comes directly
from nature.
The revival of an art employing
plants and earth, the very essence of
nature, and giving this humble craft
character and stimulating pride in its
creators, are Diana's contribution to
Panama's cultural heritage.
Using plates made of "cedro espino"
of the mahogany family for her bateas.
Diana sands the wood until it is per-
fectlh smooth. Then, using a damp rag,
she applies a creamy, white colored
clay wash. When it has dried, using a
soft lead pencil, she sketches free hand
on its concave side the pre-Columbian,
highly-stylized design of an insect, bird,
alligator, or other animal, typical of the
early wares. Using nature's colors, she
paints the design and when it is
thoroughly dry, applies a protective
coat of alcohol and acid resistant lac-
quer to both sides of the plate.
Since Diana's bateas appeared, dec-
orating wooden plates has become one
of the most popular native household
arts on the Isthmus.

Isthmian residents, from preschoolers
to retirees, are enthusiastic students in
the various batea-painting classes held
at hobby shops and clubs. A well-known
batea painting instructor is Arthur
Mokrav, an Army civilian employee,
who has taught many Isthmians the
new art form. His articles on batea-
making can be found at the Canal
Zone Library.
Dr. Leo ML. Rettinger, who until his
retirement was Chief of the Outpatient
Clinic at Corgas Hospital, is an expert
batea-painter. He buys the wooden
plates from vendors on Kennedy Ave-
nue. sands them carefully and then
applies a wood filler solution to close
the pores. After preparing the surface
of the batea, he paints it a stark white,
contending that the original pre-
Columbian artifacts were white. When
the white background has dried, he
applies the design with a stencil. Using
acrylics, Dr. Rettinger paints bateas
that are deep colored and dramatically
Eddie J. Aanescn, a retired mer-
li ont marine captain, who was born in
Norway and went to sea as a young
lad. found batea painting a relaxing,
pleasant pastime in his sun-drenched

house in Santa Clara, prior to his
departure for the United States this
year. An Isthmian resident for more
than 30 years, Aanesen has taken an
avid interest in pre-Columbian art
based on the Coelk Culture and has
compiled a collection of 50 authentic
pre-Columbian designs in color which
he uses to decorate his bateas. In addi-
tion to these motifs, he specializes in
painting bateas with crests and insignia
including the seal of the Canal Zone.
Using plates of "lowland cedro," a
fine wood also of the mahogany family,
Aanesen dries the wood for a period of
6 to 7 weeks. When he is sure that the
wood is completely dry, he sands it and
seals the wood pores with a sanding
sealer. He then adds the first coat of
varnish. When it is dry, the batea gets
another sanding and is ready for the de-
sign. Following the Indian art of Cocl,.
which was always outlined in black, he
uses a soft black lead pencil to trace
the pattern onto the batea. Then very
carefully he paints the design and after
it has dried, processes the back of the
batea. When it is thoroughly dry, he
applies a plastic spray. A coat of varnish
is the final process in hatea-making.

A batea decorated with the Seal of the
Canal Zone, the creation of
Eddie J. Aanesen, is one of the most
sought after gifts for retirees.


A popular local pastime, batea

painting appeals to all ages

Dr. Leo M. Rettinger puts the finishing touches on a batea
showing scrolls and serpent design adapted from the
Pre-Columbian plates found in Cocli Province.
Dr. Rettinger uses acrylics on a white background.

Pretty Karin Ann Folcy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Foley
of Fort Clayton, sands a wooden plate in
a batca-making class, a part of the
Forl (layton Pre-Teen Activities Program.

Maggie Rodriguez, deputy circulation supervisor, and
Csair Ceville, student assistant, Canal Zone Library-Museum,
use a lunch break to trace batea designs from the collection of
Arthur NMokray available at the library to batea makers.

Mrs. Martha Jordan, instructor in the Fort Clayton
Pre-Teen Activities Program, helps Randy Harford
select a design and paints for his batea which has already
heen dried and sanded.

FALL 1975



SHere is a step-by-step method of
batea-decorating. (McIlhenney, Canal
Zone Library).
1. Dry the batea by placing it in a dry
closet for at least 10 days. (Do
not stand it on its edges as this
of t h may warp it.)
S2. Sand it until ver smooth, using first
a medium and then a fine sand-
3. Applr a mixture of 50 percent
Sander Sealer and 50 percent
lacquer. Give the batea at least
three coats, sanding lightly with
In the living room of her France Field home, Mrs. Beulah K. Smithson displays a few fine sandpaper between each
of the bateas she has made in the past 20 years. A nurse in the Medical Surgical Service coat.
at Coco Solo Hospital, Mrs. Smithson learned the art of batea-making in one of 4. Trace or draw the design on the
Arthur Mokray's evening classes at the Cristobal Woman's Club in 1954. batea with a soft lead pencil.
-. ., 5. Paint with Roger's Brushing Lac-
S. quer that comes in red, black,
Ss blue, white, brown and yellow.
To bleach a batea before painting,
p apply a solution made of 3 tablespoons
of lye in 1 quart of water. Let it stand
a few minutes and then brush with a
S. strong peroxide. Allow to dry and then
apply a second coat. Let it dry and
then paint. (Caution, lye is poison and
should be handled as such.)
The Canal Zone Library has a col-
-.- election of patterns laminated on card-
board for decorating bateas which
batea makers mav trace. The patterns,
t K g which also indicate the colors to use,
S senapi ,were prepared by Mokray.


No display of Panamanian arts and crafts
would be complete without the batea.
This exhibit at the Canal Zone
Library-Museum was arranged by the
F- Panamanian National Service for Crafts
and Small Industries (SENAPI).



back on childhood, remembering
the early-morning fragrance of freshly
ground coffee brewing on the back
burner, has missed an indescribable joy.
Caf6, kaffee, koffie, "cuppa Java," by
whatever name it is known, cascades
of it are consumed daily. As a panacea,
a pick-me-up, a stimulant, an instant
restorative, coffee is the national drink
of the western world, and well on the
wav to becoming the favorite universal
For most, the dav begins with a
steaming cupful of the brew: and many
feel they cannot get through the day
without quite a few. The "coffee break"
has become a way of life at home and
in the business world.
Coffee drinkers in the United States
are downing approximately 500 million
cups a day-sipped, savored or gulped
in a hurry. Many who arc not drinking
it are using it in cooking or to add
subtle flavoring to dishes. The coffee
pot is brewing to the tune of millions
of dollars verified )v statistics that
show the United States imported coffee
valued at S1.5 billion in 1973.
The history of coffee and coffee-
drinkin is replete with colorful tales.
According to one concerning its dis-
covery, the founder of coffee was a
leIgedary mnollah. an Arabian monk,
who after observing the strange capers
and sleeplessness of his goats that had
fed on the berries of an evergreen
bush. tried some himself. Feeling stim-
ulated, he proclaimed the wondrous
properties of the sweetish, red berries.
The origin of coffee has been traced
to an area in southwest Ethiopia called
Kaffia, where the bushes were found
gTrowing wild and taken to Arabia about
500 A.D. That first "coffee break"

more than 1,000 years ago launched
a worldwide tradition which inspires
vigor, relieves fatigue, stimulates men-
tal activity, is a symbol of friendship
andl dominates the economy of many
Despite the efforts of the Arabs to
maintain a monopoly on the industry.
coffee drinking spread and was in-
troduced into Europe in the 16th cen-
turv. As with any novelty, it encoun-
tered the most absurd objections, fall-
ing in and out of favor, according to the
prevailing medical, political and reli-
gious customs and restrictions. In Eng-
land, where it first gained popularity.
those opposing the new drink called it
"syrup of soot" and "essence of old
shoes" and a women's petition against
its use claimed that it made men sterile.
Others extolled its stimulating effects.
A coffee advertisement in 1652, be-
lieved to le the very first and now\ on
display in a British museum, praised
its exhilarating properties, saving it was
"good for sore eves" and attributed to
it the power "to cire and prevent
dropsy, gout and scurvv."
Amid these ridiculous pros and cons,
coffee gained popularity at the inns
which were then turning into centers of
political, social and literary activities.
and were later to become the hub of
business dealings. Coffee was welcomed
bv the people of the working class.
whose libations of ale and wine in the
morning often rendered them a little
tipsy and unfit for work. It can be said
that coffee sobered up the populace.
Coffee drinking flourished in the
European countries; the French and
Italians welcomed it with fervor, and
it was introduced and accepted from
country to country.
There are several versions of how

and when coffee came to America. Ac-
cording to one source, the Spaniards
brought it from Africa to Cuba, from
\where it was introduced into Panama
as early as 1538 and then spread to
Central America.
Another story credits a French offi-
cer serving in Martinique with bring-
ing the first coffee plant to the Carib-
bean in 1720. Seedlings from that plant
were sent to nearby islands and from
there coffee cultivation spread to Brazil,
which today is this hemisphere's great-
est producer. The Dutch and the Eng-
lish are credited with taking coffee to
several South American countries. In
Colombia, also among the world's lead-
ing coffee producers, the first coffee
se-'ds are said to have been planted by
Jesuit missionaries, and coffee cultiva-
t'on on a large scale was started in
1821. Its cultivation spread throughout
tropical America and today, at least
14 countries grow coffee commercially.
in today's fast paced world, more
and more people are using instant
coffee, a dried extract of freshly roasted
coffee beans, the wonderful discovery
of a Guatemalan physician of German
origin named Dr. Federico Lehnhoff
Wvld. According to a recent article on
the subject in the "Amcricas" magazine,
by Guatemalan journalist Edgar A.

A veritable "United Nations" is
represented in this row of coffee mugs,
cups and deinitasses including a
carved wooden shepherd's cup from
Yugoslavia and a French silver mug
from which a Panamanian child drank
her first "cafe au lait" more than
100 years ago. Others are from China,
Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England,
Greece, India, Ireland, Japan
and the United States.

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Drop by drop,
boiling water is poured
through pulverized
coffee to make "tintura."
Shown are a few brands
of Panama coffee.

Nicolle, the doctor-researcher made the
discovery in the early 1900's quite by
chance, when he forgot to drink a cup
of coffee. Days later he found the liquid
gone and a fine powder remaining in
the cup. His scientific mind at work, he
poured boiling water over the coffee
grounds and presto! obtained a new
cup of coffee. Interestingly, the Pan-
ama Canal and soluble coffee were
being created at about the same time.
While the Canal was being constructed,
Dr. Lehnhoff Wyld was doing research
on his new process of dehydrating
liquid coffee to obtain a product whose
color, taste and aroma equaled the
original liquid coffee. He had to do
extensive research also to obtain the
machinery necessary to manufacture
the new product. After finding the
answer in the technical advancements
of German industry, he established a
company in Guatemala. Soluble coffee
was well accepted and soon large ship-
ments were sent to Europe. Another
company was established near Paris in
191.3 but the outbreak of worldd War I
caused the soluble coffee industry to
close do\n in 1915, mainly due to the
shortage of skilled workers, who went
off to war, and the lack of ships to
transport the coffee. (Soluble tea is also
the result of Dr. Lehnhoff's research.)
Since that time, soluble coffee or
"instant" as we call it today, has
achieved a perfection and popularity
far beyond the doctor's dreams.
The bulk of coffee for consumption
in l'Ianiana was imported from Costa
Ilica until recent years when the Lan-
dla framilY of Boquete and French and

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American coffee growers in that area
joined forces to develop the coffee in-
dustry. From 4,500 to 5,000 tons were
produced annually in the 1960's. To-
day, from 7 to 10 percent of all land
under cultivation in Panama is planted
in coffee. About 35,000 farms in just
about every province in the country
grow coffee, with about half of the
entire production grown in a few large
coffee plantations on the mountain
slopes in the Volcan region and the
IBoqiiete district of Chiriqui Province.
Ninety percent of Panama's export
coffee is grown in this belt of volcanic
soil ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 feet
in altitude. The mild Arabica type
coffee (one of the three principal species
cultivated for the coffee industry) pro-
duced in this area is well accepted in
the world market, with most of it going
to Germany, the Netherlands and the
United States. Of Panama's 1975 coffee
crop of 110,000 quintals (hundred
weight), Chiriqui Province produced
approximately 60,000 quintals. The re-
mainder was produced on small farms
in the highlands of Herrera, Code and
Veraguas, mainly near Santa Fe. An
even larger coffee crop is expected next
year, according to Panamanian coffee
More than two-thirds of the coffee
produced is consumed locally and a
quantity is sold to the Canal Zone for
resale in its retail outlets or to be served
in restaurants and other facilities. In
1974, the Panama Canal organization
purchased 36,942 pounds of Panama
coffee with a dollar value of nearly

$32,000 from Duran, Sitton and Toi -
S.A. of Colon, the principal coffee tl ri,
in the Republic.
The Coffee Institute, a Panama *i,' -
ernment agency, gives technical :' ad':
and purchases all coffee for export .,ld
handles export sales.
An important commodity in C.-ti.l
traffic, coffee moves through the *' .il-
way along international trade routes Lu
all parts of the world. A grand total of
558,000 long tons passed through the
Canal last year. An even greater
amount, 614,000 long tons moved
through the Canal in 1973.
Making coffee is not a slapdash busi-
ness. Coffee should be measured care-
fullv. A very clean coffee maker, rinsed
in hot water to remove any residue
from the last pot, is important. A true
coffee connoisseur will have a coffee
mill, as he knows that no coffee can
match that made from freshly ground
When preparing instant coffee, make
sure the water is boiling. Add the
coffee according to the strength desired
and stir. Cover it and let it simmer a
few minutes. This lets the coffee flavor
There are dozens of exotic brews.
Among them: Italian Espresso, espe-
cially strong coffee, prepared by forcing
steam under pressure through pow-
dered coffee; the moisture falls into the
cup and condenses to form the bever-
age. Mocha, a mixture of coffee and
cocoa or chocolate; Syrian Coffee, sen'ed
with cracked cardamon seeds, strong
and sweet; Turkish Coffee, made in a
copper or brass pot, very strong and
sweet, as it goes through a process of
three boiling; Mexican Coffee, a mix-
ture of coffee and chocolate, whipped
or beaten to a froth with a wooden
stick called molinillo; Caf6 "Carretero,"
Cuban style coffee, presugared and
filtered through a cloth strainer; and
Panama's "tintura," an essence of coffee
made by filtration, using a fine cotton
bag fitted into the coffee pot. Boiling
water is poured through the pulver-
ized coffee, drop by drop. One tea-
spoon of this tintura to a cup of milk is
sufficient. It is not uncommon for Pan-
amanians to take a bottle along when
traveling abroad. Also common at the
Panamanian breakfast table is the
proper "cafe au lait," half hot milk, half
strong coffee, poured simultaneously.
On the following pages are a few
suggestions for special coffee beverages
that are bound to please coffee drinkers
and gain new members for the coffee
cult. F.H.

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6 heaping tablespoons instant cofee
4 cups boiling water
Stir, cover and let set. Combine in a
chafing dish: 1 piece each of orange
and lemon peel cut into very thin strips,
4 pieces cinnamon stick, i tablespoon
cloves. 24 sugar cubes, % cup brandy.
Combine these ingredients, ignite and
let burn about half a minute. Stir care-
fully. Add coffee slowly and serve.
This makes enough for 12 demitasses
and is especially nice for a festive


N4 cup Irish whiskey
8 teaspoons sugar
2% ctps hot, extra strong cofee
Whipped cream
Pour whiskey into 4 preheated
glasses or cups. Add sugar and coffee;
stir to dissolve the sugar. Float 2 table-
spoons whipped cream on top and
drink through the cream if you can.



6 eggs
Scuip sugar
V4 teaspoon salt
1 cup strong coffee
I can evaporated milk
2 tablespoons sherry wine
Beat eggs slightly; add remaining
ingredients and mix well. Pour into
sugar glazed mold. Set in a pan of hot
water and bake at 3500F, 40 to 45
minutes or until a silver knife inserted
in the custard comes out clean. Cool
before removing from the mold.
For the glaze: In a heavy saucepan
combine % cup sugar and 1 tablespoon I--
water and bring to a boil over low heat. W .
Increase the heat to moderately high
and cook the syrup, rotating the pan
gently, until it is a caramel color. Pour
into a 1,2 quart mold, turning to cover
the mold completely with the caramel
glaze. The glaze also may be made in ,
the mold if it is of heavy metal.

More Exotic Drinks and Desserts

'2 cup cream
1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar
V2 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups hot strong coffee
% teaspoon grated orange peel
4 cinnamon sticks
Combine sugar, cream and vanilla;
beat until stiff. Pour coffee into 4 cups.
Float the whipped cream on top and
garnish with orange peel. Put a cin-
namon stick in each cup. When using
instant, pour the water directly onto
the coffee.

2 tablespoons instant coffee
2 cups cold water
1 tablespoon Angostura bitters
1 pint vanilla or coffee ice cream
Put ingredients in a blender and
whirl until very smooth and creamy.
Serve in tall, chilled glasses. Serves
three to four.

Here is a beverage sure to please
thirsty teenagers on a hot day:
4 tablespoons instant coffee
4 tablespoons instant cocoa
4 tablespoons sugar
/4 cup cold water
3 cups cold milk
1 pint vanilla ice cream
Put all the ingredients in the blender
and whirl about half a minute.

3 cups hot strong coffee
" cup creme de cacao
" cup whipped cream
Add the creme de cacao to the
coffee. Pour into four mugs. Top with
whipped cream.

1 14-ounce can of condensed milk
3 tablespoons instant coffee, level
"8 teaspoon salt
s teaspoon almond extract
Combine ingredients and pour into
freezer tray. When soft-frozen, remove
to a bowl and whip to a thick smooth
consistency. Return to freezer tray.
Makes about a quart. Serve with pecan
sauce made by chopping 3i cup pecans
and adding them to 1 cup of maple
syrup; or use the ice cream to make the
following ice cream dessert:

1% cups double strength coffee
/ cup apricot brandy
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Bring to a boil and remove from the
heat. Pour over scoops of coffee or
vanilla ice cream. Top with shaved
chocolate. Serves 6. For instant, use
1 teaspoon per cup of water.

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this great Canal which was built
,o many years ago can transit a liner
thie size"; "a fascinating operation";
"amazing that it is in such good oper-
ating condition after so many years";
"a thrilling experience." These are a
few of the remarks made by some of
the 1,400 passengers aboard the Queen
Elizabeth 2 as she made her history
making transit, March 25.
A Panama Canal record that has
stood for 36 years was broken when
the QE2, as she is commonly known,
became the largest passenger ship to
transit the waterway. She made a
northbound transit following her arrival
from Acapulco on an around-the-world
The Cunard liner, which is 963 feet
long and has a beam of 105 feet, broke
the record held by the German flag-
ship Bremen. which transited Feb-
ruary 15, 1939. The Bremen was
936.8 feet in length and had a beam
of 101.9 feet. The ship also broke the
Canal's toll record for passenger ships.
She paid $42,077.88, far surpassing the
Bremen's toll of $18,172.08.
Advance planning for the record
breaking transit began as early as Sep-
tember 21, 1973, with a meeting of
Marine Bureau personnel, R. A. Wood-
all, Chief Officer of the QE2, and
D. H. Morrison, Area Representative
of the Pacific Steam Navigation Co.,
agent for the ship.
At this meeting, the Cunard repre-
sentative emphasized that the ship had
never experienced any navigation diffi-
culties and had been able to dock in
New York, even in icy conditions, with-
out the use of tugs. He noted that
ordinarily the ship handled so well
that only one pilot was required for
docking and no problems of navigation
through the narrow confines of the
Canal were expected.
All eventualities were carefully con-
sidered even including the possibility
of an emergency which might require
the removal of a passenger by stretcher
at the locks. It was agreed that this
could be accomplished without any
Although it was recognized that the
QE2 would be a tight squeeze in the
1,000-foot by 110-foot locks, no unusual
problems were anticipated and the ship

Above: Control house eaves are folded
down to make room for the bridge of
the "QE2." At right: The giant liner
squeezes through Miraflores Locks.

would be handled in the same way as
other Panamax vessels. (Panamax ves-
sels are those of the maximum size
that can pass through the locks of the 3 '.
Canal). However, because the bridge -
of the ship extended 118 feet, plans
were made to fold down the eaves of
all of the control houses. Since this .
problem has been faced with other 'a
super ships having unusual protrusions,
the eaves are on hinges.
As the largest passenger ship still itij
active service and probably the most
widely publicized, the QE2 attracts a

The record breaking transit of

The QE2

By Willie K. Friar

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great deal of interest wherever she
goes. Since the liner has been the vic-
tim of a bomb threat and is a target
for terrorist attacks, Cunard requested
security measures for the ship be drawn
up well in advance and the Canal Pro-


Hong Kong


section Division began prepare
soon as the vessel's arrival t
With large crowds anticipate
locks on both sides of the Isth
QE2 was scheduled to transit
the west lane, which is farth
the spectator area, to minimize
problems. All center walls an
houses were declared off linit
tors and Canal employees ex
maintenance and operations
and a limited number of VIP
men and photographers. The
clouded representatives from
and several other countries a
UPI, AP, Newsweek, Time, ai
adian television film crew.
Crowds began gathering bef
on the day of the transit, ai
Zone policemen were assigned
fores Locks to handle train
regular parking lot at Mirafl
quickly filled and cars were
averted to all available area:
vicinity. A total of 1,291 visit
through the main gate at ,
between 6 and 8 a.m. but this

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nations as a small percentage of the actual num-
ime was her of spectators who could be spotted
atop even the highest hills along the
ed at the Canal, many with cameras and field
inus, the glasses.
through The local crowd had a much easier
est from time seeing the liner than the Japanese
e security when the ship came into port in Yoko-
d control haina. There, spectators not only stood
s to visi- in line for many hours but paid 30 yen
except for (about 10 cents) to walk by the ship.
personnel Directed by the port security force, the
's, news- line filed past the ship on a 24-hour
latter in- basis for the 3 days the ship was in
Panama port. One crewmember estimated that
s well as at least 250,000 Japanese viewed the
id a Can- ship in what he felt was a remarkably
disciplined operation.
ore dawn The liner, which was en route to
id Canal New York, arrived at the Balboa an-
to Mira- chorage at 4:35 a.m. and was boarded
fic. The shortly after 5 a.m. by II admeasurers.
ores was Nine of them left the ship at Cristobal
then di- but J. C. Baker and Richard J. Bjor-
s in the ncby remained on board until the ship
rs passed reached Port Everglades to finish the
liraflores measuring. The cooperation they re-
was only ceived on board was excellent and
made for a smooth and pleasant opera-
tion of probably the most difficult job
the admeasurers have had so far.
Passengers looked with curiosity at
the preoccupied men with tape meas-
ures who were hard at work through-
out the transit. Everyone was friendly
and helpful but Bjornebv reported one
discolicerting moment when after being
S asked to remove his shoes in the Turk-
ish bath, he was soon leaping about in
Singapore surprise as he discovered the floor was
S blistering hot.
*Colombo Four pilots were assigned to the QE2
as is routine for ships of this size. They
were control pilots, Capt. Furman D.
Saunders and Capt. Robert F. Boyd
and assisting pilots, Capt. Joseph J.
Schack and Capt. Paul L. Skrable.
The QE2 received routine handling
as far as all locks operations were con-
cerned and only eight towing loco-
motives were used.
Since the Bremen was not only the
largest ship to transit the Canal 36
years ago but also the first commercial
vessel of more than 50,000 gross tons
in the nearly 25 years of Canal opera-

Control pilots, Capt. Robert F. Boyd,
left, and Capt. Furman D. Saunders,
talk with Capt. Mortimer Hehir,
master of the "QE2."

tions, she received special handling
and many extra precautions were taken.
Fourteen locomotives were assigned to
the Bremen and there were five pilots,
one control pilot and four assistants.
It must be noted, however, that the
locomotives now in use are more power-
ful than those assigned to the Bremen.
In addition to the regular lockmaster,
a supervisor or lockmaster was at the
bow and stern of each wall at each of
the locks watching all operations and
read to handle any emergency. One
of the concerns, according to a local
newspaper account, was that since the
Bremen was a German ship, and World
War II was about to begin, it might be
involved in some attempt to sabotage
the Canal.
Also of concern was power failure
since 14 locomotives had never before
been used at one time on a lockage.
All went well however, and the ad-
measurers were able to finish their
work before reaching Balboa. The
Bremen was on a cruise around South
America and was making a southbound
After the tolls were computed, the

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ship's owners protested the cost as
being too high and the Canal was later
called upon to explain some of the
charges. In a letter to the German
"Reichschiffsvermessungsamt," the di-
rector of admeasurement explained that
"all lobbies, vestibules, foyers or en-
trances which conjointly serve state-
rooms as well as public rooms do not
qualify as public rooms." These, they
noted, could not be exempted from
charges but the Canal agreed to exempt
"the shooting gallery," "the blacksmith

shop and copper smithy." A barbershop
which the ship's officials wished to
deduct as a public room was disallowed
because it was discovered that it was
used exclusively by the crew.
The total time for the Bremen's tran-
sit was slightly over 10 hours com-
pared to the S hours and 4 minutes
required for the QE2. The Bremen had
some problems with high winds.
The Cunard liner arrived at Mira-
flores at 6:27 a.m. and cleared Catun
at 2:31 p.m.


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For passengers aboard the QE2, the
Canal transit was a high point of one
of the most luxurious cruises of modern
times. They ate their lunch on trays to
be able to watch the entire operation.
They were on the final leg of a cruise
labeled "Around-the-World in Eighty
Days" which had taken them to 24 of
the world's most exotic ports. This was
the first time since World War 11 that
Cunard had undertaken a world cruise
and during the voyage the ship
visited five continents and crossed three
oceans. Included among the many land
tours were African safaris and visits to
the Taj Majal, and Mainland China.
The longest stretch of ocean travel was
the 3,049 miles between Yokohama
and Honolulu and the shortest time
between two ports was the 44 miles
between the ports of Cristobal and
Balboa. The ship covered 31,000 miles
before the cruise terminated in New
York, March 31.
Providing all the comforts of a 13
story floating hotel, passengers' accom-
modations started at $5,400 per person
with the ultimate luxury being the two
penthouse suites which went for nearly
$100,000 each. For this price, the
occupants had two rooms arranged on
two decks, one above the other, an in-
side private staircase, two private
oceanfront decked patios, two private
bars, a day steward, night maid, and

the satisfaction of having the best.
The decor in the Trafalgar Suite was
inspired by Admiral Nelson's quarters
on his flagship H.M.S. Victory. There is
a replica of the Admiral's desk among
the furnishings and an oil painting of
Lady Hamilton. Both penthouses can
be set up so that either the upper or
lower level can become the bedroom or
sitting room. There are walk-in closets,
and the private patios on both decks
give a vantage point for viewing all of
the special portside activities that were
arranged for most stops along the way.
The other penthouse suite is similar
but decorated with Queen Anne period
furnishings including a painting of the
former British queen. Twenty other
suites have private patios.
About 1,100 crewmembers were
aboard to handle all the needs of the
1,400 passengers. Included in the staff
are some chefs and other staff members
from the France, which was withdrawn
from service.
In addition to all of the other social
activities aboard the ship, there was a
nightly cocktail party and dinner hosted
by Capt. Mortimer Hehir and his wife.
A different group was invited each
night making it possible for all of the
passengers to "sit at the Captain's table"
at least once during the cruise. Mrs.
Hehir said that she was allowed to

travel with her husband 3 months of
the year and therefore was able to go
on the 80-day around-the-world cruise.
She said the nightly dinner had made
it possible for her to get to know the
passengers which had added a great
deal to the pleasure of accompanying
her husband.
Aboard the QE2 at the time of her
transit were passengers of 18 nationali-
ties. Sixty-five percent of the 1,400 pas-
sengers were from the United States.
Among them was Lillian Gish, still well
known all over the world as the star of
more than 100 Hollywood silent films.
She came aboard at Capetown, South
Africa, and had been giving lectures
on the history of films from 1900 to
Luxurious dining aboard the ship is
provided by three restaurants which
feature a five-course breakfast and a
seven- and eight-course lunch and
dinner. Lending an international flavor
to the varied menus are dishes like
Roulade de Veau Bourguigonne, Can-
ard a l'Orange, Mousse au Chocolat,
and Crepes Flambe. The "wine cellar"
is stocked with 25,000 bottles.
Passengers can work out in the gym,
take a Turkish bath or sauna, play
table tennis, bridge, see the latest
movies, try their luck in the casino or
dance all night in several cabarets.

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through Gaillard Cut on her
northbound transit to New York
where the cruise terminated.

Chefs, bartenders, stewardesses, and other members of the crew line the forward rails
to get a close-up view of transit operations as the 105-foot beam of the
"QE2" is fitted into the 110-foot wide lock chamber at Miraflores.
Centerfold: Sketch of "QE2" in Miraflores Locks.

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There are three swimming pools, one
indoor and two outdoor, nine bars, two
main ballrooms, a shopping center, a
daily newspaper printed aboard the
ship, and all the other things you
would expect to find at an exclusive
As the most modern ship of its day,
the Bremen also printed a daily news-
paper aboard using a method similar to
that used on the QE2. At that time, a
new invention had made possible the
transmission by radio of complete
newspaper pages and transferring of
the material onto plates for reproduc-
tion on ordinary printing presses. The
process, which was tested on the
Bremen in the spring of 1932, was
created by Adalbert Gurth, of Switzer-
land, and was an important step in the
development of such services as the
transmission of photographs by wire.
Actually, the Bremen had one ca-
pability that the modern day QE2 does
not have. It could carry and launch an
airplane by use of a catapult located
between its two funnels. By using the
plane for the last 600 miles, mail could
be delivered between Europe and
America from 24 to 48 hours earlier
than was possible on regular ships.
But though it may not have its own
plane, the QE2 does provide a special
drive on/drive off service for the con-
venience of passengers. There is room

for 80 automobiles to be transported
in this way.
And although it does not have a
blacksmith shop as did the Bremen, it
has painters, plumbers, carpenters, and
all types of specialists to make sure the
ship is in perfect condition. For the
passengers there are expert teachers for
bridge, dancing, or most any subject
that a passenger might wish to pursue.
There is even a bomb disposal ex-
pert who was assigned to the ship after
the 1972 bomb scare when a bomb
threat required landing bomb disposal
personnel by parachute to search the
ship while it was far out at sea. This
incident is supposed to have inspired
the movie "Juggernaut." One crew-
member, who was aboard the ship at
the time, however, insisted the actual
incident was nothing like what was
shown in the movie.
After completing her transit of the
Canal at 2:31 p.m., the QE2 sailed for
Kingston, Cartagena, Port Everglades
and New York, where the voyage ter-
minated March 31.
Although the QE2 is the largest pas-
senger ship to pass through the water-
way, she is not the longest ship to tran-
sit. This record is held by the San Juan
Prospector, an ore-bulk-oil carrier,
which transited April 6, 1973. She is
972.8 feet long and has a beam of 106
feet. The record for the widest ships to

Jacob Baker, senior admeasurer,
computes Panama Canal net tonnage
for the "QE2."

transit is still held by the U.S. Navy
battleship New Jersey and her sister
ships. These vessels are 800 feet in
length and 108 feet in the beam.
Chances are good that the Queen
Elizabeth 2 will retain her title as the
largest passenger ship to transit the
Canal. She is the only oversize pas-
senger ship in service and daily Canal
traffic reflects a trend toward smaller
cruise ships.

Luxurious public rooms, such as this,
\verc deserted as passengers gathered
on (deck to watch the transit,
which took S hours and 4 minutes.

Many passengers arose before dawn and
selected vantage points where they
could watch operations in
air-conditioned comfort.

A pressman looks over the newspaper
which is printed daily aboard the
ship using a news service transmitted
by radio.



Bremen, the largest passenger
ship to transit the Canal until the QE2
toppled the record, March 25?
Some of the many rumors that cir-
culated during World War II are still
heard today-she was sunk by a British
submarine, she sank off Denmark with
15,000 German troops aboard, she was
scuttled by her master to avoid capture.
All of these stories are false but the
true story of what happened to the
Bremen after she completed her record
making transit February 15, 1939, is
equally dramatic.
Aware of the tense world situation
and with war an immediate possibility,
the crew of the Bremen was anxious to
return to Germany as quickly as
On reaching New York, the 1,600
cruise passengers quickly disembarked
and the ship was readied for departure
within 9 hours after her arrival. But
before she could get underway, Pres-
ident Franklin D. Roosevelt announced
that all ships of potentially belligerent
nations would be searched for arms or
other materials which might make it
possible to convert them into vessels of
war once they were at sea.
There were immediate protests from
the owners of the Bremen but to no
avail and the U.S. Steamship Inspec-
tion Service delayed the vessel for 36
hours while a careful search was made,
which included ordering the crew to
lower the lifeboats for inspection.
Finally, on August 30, the Bremen
was allowed to steam out of New York
Harbor only a few hours before German
tanks invaded Poland. With the band
playing "Deutschland iiber alles," and
the crew giving the Nazi salute, the
huge liner passed the Statue of Liberty
and headed for the open sea.

Five days after her departure, two
liferings from the Bremen were re-
covered off the coast of Massachusetts
and rumors spread that the ship had
been sunk by a submarine or had been
Actually, as soon as the ship was out
of sight of land, her captain ordered the
ship to be repainted to help camouflage
her. Lifeboats were lowered halfway
down the side of the ship. Seamen
stood in them and using long poles to
which they attached paint brushes,
they covered the giant liner with a coat
of dull grey paint.
As the ship continued at full speed,
lifeboat drills and other emergency pro-
cedures were constantly practiced and
everyone was alerted to be ready to

scuttle the vessel. However, in only
8 days the liner was safe in the Russian
port of Murmansk and the Nazi press
publicized the event as a "victory over
the British." Cartoons appeared pre-
tending to explain how it was done.
One showed the crew carefully stitch-
ing all the tablecloths together, then
hanging them over the side and paint-
ing a rowboat on them to disguise the
enormous liner.
In December 1939, the ship quietly
made the final dash for its home port
of Bremenhaven. Nothing more was
heard of her until March 17, 1941,
when the German radio announced that
the liner was afire. The beautiful luxury
liner burned for 8 days as all efforts to
save her failed and the firemen turned
their efforts to saving her sister ship,
the Europa, which was moored nearby
Although an investigation was held,
the cause of the fire was not dis-
covered Sabotage was suspected but
never proved.
Four years later, when the victori-
ous American troops arrived in Bre-
menhaven they found only three broken
sections of the hull lying in the water.
The rest of the ship had been cut up to
provide scrap metal for the armament
But the name of the Bremen re-
mained on the record books of the
Panama Canal and when she appeared
in the news this year many local people
nostalgically recalled her transit 36
years ago. \KF

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The German cruise ship "Bremen" passes through Gatun Locks on her southbound
record breaking transit, February 15, 1939, while the left lane was
out of service during locks overhaul.

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By Lori Daisey

away, folks!" With these words
from the announcer's booth, Glenn
Heath casts a glance at the sky. Will
today be sunny or wet? Will he be
soaked with perspiration or with rain?
It will be touch and go, as he well
Glenn's running comments and humor
as he emcees horse show events in the
Canal Zone are a constant source of
amusement to the spectators. Little do
they know how many details he must
take care of and remember. The name
of every rider in every event (some-
times as many as a hundred). The
name or number of every horse that
enters the arena. He must keep these
on the tip of his tongue every second of
the full day ahead. He must describe
each event as it unfolds before the


spectators, outline the rules riders must
follow, and announce the results of
each event as soon as the judges make
their decisions.
In the fast-moving Pole Bending
event, a small girl, barely large enough
to climb upon a horse, comes flying
across the starting line. While timers'
clocks tick away, she must guide her
horse between the upright poles,
weaving in and out, turn, and repeat
the process without knocking a pole
over or missing one. The contestant
who achieves this in the fastest time
is the winner, and ribbons will be
awarded on down to 4th or 6th place.
In the exciting Barrels event, a spec-
tator favorite, a boy sitting deep in the
saddle, body stretched across his
horse's neck, races against the clock,
urging his mount into the tight turns


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friendly competition for

horse owners and riders

at the local horse shows

around three positioned barrels. He
must not overturn one or miss one as
he flies through, around and back across
the finish line.
The Senior Division (for participants
over 18) may bring out a mom or dad
to imitate the youngsters, sometimes
performing well, and sometimes obvi-
ously out of their element.
These are familiar scenes in the
Canal Zone horse world where there
are hundreds of horse owners and
riders. Most belong to one of 10 riding
clibs conveniently located throughout
the area. On the Pacific side there are
Howard Riding Club, Albrook Riding
Club, Fort Clayton Riding Club, and
Pacific Saddle Club. About midway
across the Isthmus are Summit Riding
Club and Camboa Riding Club. The
Atlantic side has Gatun Saddle Club,
*Mindi Acres Riding Club, Fort Ran-
dolph Riding Club, and Atlantic Riding
These clubs and horse shows are suc-
cessful due to the efforts of many
"behind the scenes" heroes. The mother
who sat hunched over a sewing ma-
chine until 2 a.m. finishing costumes
for her participating family. The
grooms who help by walking and cur-
rying (brushing thle horses) and lo-
cating needed equipment. The children
who pitch in even though they may
not le in the show themselves. The
dad helping with the change from
westernn saddle and equipment to Eng-
lish equipment while his son or daugh-
ter is hurriedly changing to the appro-
priate riding apparel in a tack room or,
more often, trying to change in a car
or trailer, or behind a hastily hung
blanket. The instructor who is keeping
his fingers crossed that his pupils will
remember all he has tried to teach

Above: Kathy Molina on "Miracle."

them. The farrier who properly shoed
that horse to help it make a good jump.
Fhe stablebov who has been responsible
for feeding the horse as instructed by
the rider or owner. The timer, the
judges, the officers of the hosting club,
all hoping to make participants and
ticket-purchasing spectators happy. The
list could go on and on.
For over 14 years, serving in sun or
rain, Karl Marohl has been one of the
best-loved and most-respected judges
of Canal Zone horse shows. His wife,
Barbara, has stood by his side as a
recorder, keeping track of his point
decisions on the participants, for the
same number of years and recently has
begun to judge shows as well. One
reason Karl and Barbara are in such
demand is that through the years they
have studied and adjusted their judging
as times and events changed. One of
the most difficult parts of judging in
the Canal Zone is that the judge almost
always knows and is a friend to all the
participants. Karl and Barbara, how-



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ever, have the ability to disassociate
themselves from this problem and fol-
low the rules of judging fairly and with
no partiality to anyone once they enter
the arena. It is combined work such as
this that has helped to nourish and im-
prove the Canal Zone horse shows.
Donating their time, Dick Conover
and Capt. Marshal Irwin have prac-
tically built a stable and club in their
off-duty hours. Under their guidance,
Pacific Saddle Club has grown from a
"smaller club" to one of the Zone's
finest. Through the efforts of these
men and other members, Pacific has
become what could well be called the
"heart" of the riding clubs today; it is
here that members of all Zone riding
clubs can find good feed, equipment,
vitamins, medicines and other items
needed to keep rider and horse in good
"It takes a lot of the time and
energy of the adult members to rin
and maintain a good riding club, but it
is well worth it when you see the over-

all results and such fine effects on the
children," says Capt. Al Gallin, pres-
ident of the Fort Clayton Riding Club.
Al, the members of his club, and the
members of all the riding clubs strive
to prevent the so-called generation gap,
and it very seldom occurs in the local
horse world.
For serious riders who wish to de-
velop the finer points, Bruce Harkness,
steward at Fort Clayton Riding Club,
conducts advanced classes. "This class
is strictly for the 100 percent devoted,
and no playtime; it is learning time
only," Bruce says goodnaturedly. Some
of his pupils, such as Kelley Nolan,
Nan Sullivan and Catherine Todd, are
already accomplished riders, but they
never cease practicing for perfection
and polish.
"Our club, Mindi Acres, made spe-
cial provision in its charter to permit
the teaching of young children who,
for various reasons are unable to own
a horse," savs Mrs. Sheila Heath, who
is president of the Canal Zone Horse


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"Down" but definitely not "out" was

Danielle Barriteau, when she took

this spill at the Gatun Horse Show.

Recovering her composure and

displaying the courage of a true

equestrian, she and her horse "Pepper"

were soon back in the competition.

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Association. Sheila has instructed some
very young Atlantic-siders, including
8-year-olds Kelly Colver and Beth
McDonnough, and Tito Motta, at age
4, the youngest of her students. These
youngsters will probably participate in
future shows. For the Heaths, the horse
world could be called "a family affair,"
with Sheila, daughters Cheryl, Cari
and Cynthia, and husband, Glenn, all
When talk turns to the love of horses,
the person most likely to be mentioned
is Mrs. Berta Lewis. Berta owns four
horses: Pancho L6pez and Prince, both
16 years old, Nieve, 12, and Chief,
who is 38. To the best of anyone's
knowledge, Chief is the oldest horse at
anv riding club in the Canal Zone.
Berta bought him when he was 22 and
his previous owner considered him "too
old." Laughingly, Beita recalls that
"times have sure changed, because the
price on Chief then was $30, with two
saddles thrown in to boot!" She rode
him until 3 years ago, when she de-

cided it might do him more harm than
good. Still groomed daily, exercised by
running free in the pasture, and placed
in a clean stall at night at Fort Clayton
Riding Club, Chief enjoys his retire-
ment world. The children and Berta
give him a big birthday party on the
last Saturday in each September, rain
or shine. Berta has never considered
selling him or having him destroyed.
She says, "He will spend the rest of
his days receiving the same love, care
and devotion he gave me for over 16
years. You can't be too old for that!"
Berta is one of the beautiful people
"behind the scenes."
"No hooves, no horse" is a well-
known saying among the horse crowd.
"A horse's performance, whether in
pleasure riding or in a show ring, de-
pends strongly on whether his hooves
are correct," says Robert Fearon, the
Canal Zone's first licensed farrier, or
horseshoer. Bob attended the Univer-
sity of New Mexico on three separate
occasions to obtain his Certified Far-

rier's Certificate, his Master Farrier's
Certificate, and Instructor's Certificate.
He studied under R. I. Rassmussen,
one of two World Master Farriers alive
If not satisfied with his work. Bob
will pull the shoes right back off the
horse and keep working until they meet
his standards of perfection. Research
shows that a horse applies pressure of
about 100 pounds per square inch to
his hoof, he says, so if even 1 inch is
wrong, the horse will not be able to
give his peak performance.
It is interesting to discover that con-
trarv to those Western films we see of
the old-time blacksmith heating up the
iron shoes, the "hot shoes" method is
no longer used. In fact, it has been
outlawed in many states as it was dis-
covered to be damaging to the horses'
"The first horse I shoed took me four
hours. Now I can do one in an hour,"
says Mrs. Carol Myers, who has the
distinction of being the only woman




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SThe riding clubs' goals

Share healthy horses

Sand good horsemanship

Cheryl Heath on "Lucero" jumped
as high as 4 feet 3 inches and
won the day's open jump puissance
pony esent at the Gatun show.

At right: Berta Lewis and "Chief,"
believed to be the oldest horse in
the Canal Zone.

Robert Fearon and Carol Meyers
provide professional shoeing for
local horses.

farrier in the Canal Zone. She attended
the Oklahoma Farrier College in Sper-
rv, Okla., where her instructor was Bud
Beaston, the only farrier in the United
States who has handmade shoes on
display at the Cowboy Hall of Fame
in Oklahoma City.
Carol, like Bob, does corrective shoe-
ing. One of her happiest moments was
the day she saw a horse that had been
foundered for many years, running free
in the pasture. The horse had barely
been able to walk because of the in-
tensely painful condition which affected
his feet, resulting in impaired circula-
tion. Carol used a soft acrylic padding
to cushion the hooves and prevent
bruising, and shaped a new hoof wall
with a hard acrylic. Now the horse is
not only running, libt kicking up his
heels and bucking.
By providing licensed, professional
care of horses' hooves, Carol and Bob
are helping to keep people in the
saddle, with fewer horses limping, off
the trails, or out of the show ring.
All Canal Zone horse shows are held

under Canal Zone Horse Association
rules and regulations, which are strictly
adhered to by participants and judges.
Years ago, each club set the rules for
its shows. As time passed and the clubs
grew, it became obvious that it would
be better to have a standard set of
rules, and the Canal Zone Horse Asso-
ciation (CZHA) came into being. Al-
though all shows are governed by the
CZHA, each riding club has its own
charter covering such things as stable
maintenance, sanitation and safety.
The Annual Junior Show of Cham-
pions, proceeds from which go to the
Shriners' Children's Hospital, is one of
the largest "all event" shows held in
the Canal Zone. Although it is a one-
dav show, it takes hundreds of people
to assure success. In charge of this
giant is Mrs. Betty Evans, and her co-
chairman working with the Shriners,
Mike Fears.
Riders and horses appearing in this
show spend a full year qualifying for
it. Points are kept by CZHA officials on
both rider and horse as they participate
in shows throughout the year at all 10
riding cluhs. Finally, the spectator sees
these selected competitors perform in
the Six-Bar (jumping), Equitation
(rider and horse performance), Poles,
Barrels, and many other events fea-
tured in the exciting Annual Junior
Show of Champions.
A breed of horse that has appeared
in manv Canal Zone horse shows in the
past few years is the Paso Fino. This
splendid animal, known for its endur-
ance, is becoming a favorite on the
trails and has been competing in and
taking ribbons in events not entered in
previous years. A Paso Fino is a horse
to ride in comfort, as it has what is
known as a four-beat gait. There is no
hbonce, but a "rocking-chair" type of
ride. It's gait makes it showy, yet it has
a fiiie temperament. Manv horse owners
are finding Pasos very good with chil-
dren. Persons viewing them in the
show ring always enjoy their perform-
For the spectators, show day at any
of the riding clubs usually begins
around 9:30 a.m. Not so for the par-
ticipants. After weeks or months of
preparation, these industrious people
very likely will be up before daylight.
grooming their horses, going over the
rules one more time, and helping each
Horses have to be transported to
the various club grounds, which is fun
unless your horse dislikes trailers. In
that case, getting him in may involve

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frustrating moments, along with a few
softly spoken choice words. It is amus-
ing to watch a 4-foot child coaxing,
pleading with and sweet-talking a
14-hand horse (about 4'8" at the
shoulder) who has his front legs firmly
shoved forward in an "I don't want to
get in that thing" stance.
Riding club members well remem-
Ier the day a group of youngsters got
up at the crack of dawn to have their
horses ready to load in the big horse
transport van to participate in a show
on the Atlantic side, only to wait and
wait for the van. After the shmv hiad
begun, they discovered that the driver
had misunderstood his instructions and
had driven across the Isthmus "emptv,"
thinking he was to trailer the Atlantic,
horses to the Pacific side. Funny to
some, but a heartbreak to others.
Horse show participants must always
be prepared, and most especially while
in the arena on a show day. Even the
riders do not always know what will
happen. One incident well remembered
was the day a woman, magnificently
dressed out, was clearing jumps beau-
tifully and then, smiling with con-
fidence as she went over the last jump,
lost her seat, the horse stumbled, and
her wig fell off! Unhurt, but with a
red face, she left the arena with a smile
showing that good sportsmanship must
A visit to the stable area at daybreak
on show day will find the participants
having coffee, ribbing each other, bor-
rowing and lending needed equipment,
all in a warm atmosphere of com-
panionship. As show time approaches,
there is a tightening of tension, ex-
pectancy, hope, and a near feeling of
panic. It's everyone for himself, at least
until the first event gets underway,
when an easing back to a somewhat
more relaxed atmosphere can be sensed.
Costume events may mean one mo-
ment spent in laughter, the next in awe
of beauty, and the next in respect for
originality as the participants parade
before the spectators. Some shows es-
tablish a theme, but a favorite costume
event is one which allows a partici-
pant's creativity free rein. This "use
your own imagination" event always
brings oohs and ahs as each contestant
enters the arena. One moment, there
is a headless horseman before your
eyes, next a pert ballerina or a lovely
Spanish lady, a horse with paper wings
(not too happy about it, either), angels,
devils, clowns, Indians, knights, queens
and here come Raggedy Ann and
Andy! Needless to say, these partici-

pants (or Mom) have spent many
hours designing and making these cos-
tumes. Many anxious eves watch the
skies and fingers are crossed in hopes
that no rain will spoil the hours of
plumnage preparation!
During this event, a spectator rarely
leaves his seat (except to take pic-
tures), and all the other show partici-
pants crowd around the arena fence.
Everyone, young or old, spectator or
participant, loves the costume event.
To be honest though, some of the
horses are a bit uncertain about this
event, until they adjust to their weird
adornments. Others, however, seem
aware of the added attention they are
receisinmg. Ears perk up, steps are
higher, and thev carry themselves
Hunter Seat (English) Equitation is
a graceful and beautiful thing to see.
The appointments (apparel) required
in this event are a hunting cap, jodh-
purs or breeches, English-style boots
and a white shirt. Coat. stock ties or
chokers. unrovelled spurs and a crop
arn optional, depending upon the class
of competition. The tack (equipment)
consists of a snaflle (a plain, slender,
jointed bridle bit), with or without
dropped nosebands. Pelhams or full
bridles. The type of English saddle is
optional. Again, many of the tack re-
quirements depend on which division
the rider and the horse are entered in.
The placement of hands and feet
are very important in this event, and
the eagle eves of the judges will watch
this closely. The judge will very likely
call for a figure 8 to be done at a trot;
a gallop (extended canter) and pull-
up; backing of the horse; and dismount
and mount. This may not sound so diffi-
cult, but one must bear in mind that
each movement of rider and horse must
follow a certain set of rules. Hands
must be in the right place, feet must
be correctly positioned, and there must
be an appearance of fluid movement at
all times. There are many different
categories involved in the Hunter Seat
class, each with its own specific rules
for Equitation and Jumping.
Western Stock Seat Equitation also
requires proper seat and position of
hands and feet. A rider must be able
to back his horse ("Straight line back,
please!") and execute a figure 8. The
horse will also be judged at a walk, a
jog, and a lope. Like the English-
trained horse, a stock horse must re-
spond instantly and to all commands
of the rider.
Western appointments include west-

While the show goes on, Noreen Will
is in the stable carefully
grooming her horse.

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Preparing for an event, Rhonda Bales
g,,ts help from her mother
in adjusting her choker.

The presentation of the colors
at the Gatun Horse Show
on the banks of the Canal.


Knights, queens, headless horsemen, angels

and devils may suddenly appear at the costume

event where creativity is given full rein.

Above: Kelly Colver, wearing her
rain bonnet, is an interested spectator.
Below: Participating in the costume
event, Lori Daisey, author of this story,
wears a Carmen Miranda type outfit.

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ern hat and boots and clean, workman-
like clothing. Tack requirements in-
clude a standard stock saddle and
western bit, with a rope (or reata)
carried on the free hand side. A curb
chain may be used, but it must be at
least 2 inch wide and lie against the
jaws of the horse. An added feature is
a neatly rolled bedroll (usually match-
ing the saddle blanket) tied behind the
saddle to enhance appearance.
A western stock horse will likely be
called upon to perform a rollback, in
which the horse comes forward, rears,
then when his front legs come down,
he should be facing the direction from
which he just came. He may also have
to come forward at a run, then stop by
placing his feet forward and sliding.
making no forward steps with his legs
or hooves.
It is rare to see a horse win ribbons
in both Hunter Seat Equitation and
Stock Seat Western Equitation. For
instance, in order to perform a sliding
stop. the rider will shift his weight
back in the saddle: that's fine if the
horse is in a Western event and a
sliding stop has been requested by the
judge. But one show comes to mind in
which a young girl entered her horse in
hoth Western and English. Unfortu-
natelv, while in the English class, she
shifted her weight, the horse slid to a
stop, and of course she was imme-
diately disqualified. This is why one
will see that a participant generally
will use two horses if he or she wishes
to enter both English and Western
An exception to the nrle is Ricochet,
owned bv 13-vear-old Holly Coe of
Mindi Riding Club. Ricochet has been
showing well, and winning ribbons, in
both English and Western, a tribute
to the time and work his young mistress
has put into training him.
No one in the horse crowd ever
really relaxes on show day until the
final gun has sounded and the last

horse has been walked to cool down,
groomed, stalled, watered and fed. It
is then the tiredness moves in. This is
when one will hear a lot of "If I had
done this, or if I hadn't done that" con-
versation among the participants. But,
no matter how tired they are, and no
matter if thev failed to bring home a
ribbon or trophy this time, they will
always say, "That's okay, I know what
I did wrong, and maybe next time ..
They never lose hope, and they start
their campaign for the next show before
they have even left today's!
There are other sides to the wonder-
ful world of horse ownership. One may
see a very concerned mother out in a
pasture or arena in heels, nylons and
cocktail gown, walking a colicky horse,
the night out with dad suddenly set
aside because Suzie's horse is sick and
needs help. Or two sisters, both en-
tered in the same event and both
wanting very much to win, but each
not wanting to hurt the other. A new
foal born at one of the riding clubs and
members of the other clubs rushing
over for a look-see, for a foaling is a
pleasure for everyone to enjoy. A par-
ent trying to find the words to comfort
a youngster whose horse just died
and knowing there just aren't any
"right" words. Adults and young peo-
ple, covered with paint from head to
toe as they hold their Annual Clean-
Up the Stable Weekend, eating hot-
dogs happily at break time with paint-
smeared hands. Hearing the whoop
and scream as a young girl or boy wins
a vier first ribbon. Seeing a mom and
dad decide against buying a new color
television because Suzie needs a new
These things, and many more, have
been the strength and backbone of thr'
riding clubs. All these people on the
scene and "behind the scenes" of the
Canal Zone riding clubs work towards
the same goals: healthy horses, good
horsemanship and companionship with
one another.

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By Pandora G. Aleman

would have been the perfect
"prison" for Philip Nolan, the character
in Edward Ex erett Hale's story "The
AMan Without a Country" who was
tried for treason and condemned to
spend his life on shipboard, wandering
the high seas far from his native land.
Although its home port is Antwerp, the
ship has not been within hailing
distance of Belgium for 3 years.
A link in the worldwide chain of
operations of the Gulf Oil Corp., the
ship has spent those years picking up
oil in Venezuela, where Culf owned the
.Mene Crande Oil Co. and a controlling
interest in the Venezuela Gulf Refining
Co., and delivering it to the Canal Zone
and the eastern United States.
Supertankers with a cargo-carrying
capacity of 250,000 deadweight tons
and over are the talk of the shipping
world these days. Still, less glamorous
vessels like the Belgulf Enterprise, with
her length of 561 feet, beam of 71 feet
an I summer deadweight tonnage of
18.651, play a vital role.
In fact, the Bclgulf Enterprise is in
some \ways representative of the tankers
that transit the Panama Canal. The
Canal's 40-foot maximum draft restric-
tion and its 1,000-foot by 110-foot locks
close it to the supertankers.

Weighing in at 8,942 Panama Canal
net tons (actually a measurement of
cargo space, each PC net ton repre-
senting 100 cubic feet of actual earning
capacity), she is somewhat under the
12,()009 PC-net-ton average of the 2,150
tanker transit made in fiscal vear 19714,
representing 15.3 percent of the total
oceangoing commercial transit.
The ship is a frequent visitor to
Canal waters, and during one recent
51-mile, 10-hour journey from sea to
sea, she offered an intimate look at
tankers and the Panama Canal-and the
people who make them go.
Typical of the vessel's brief stays in
no t was the 3612-hour stopover at
Balboa's pier 7, where 1,200 long tons
of marine diesel, 4,500 long tons of gas
oil (a light diesel), and 13,000 long
tons of Bunker "C" were offloaded.
Now in ballast, undocked and wait-
ing in the harbor, the ship was headed
back to the Atlantic, this time to drv-
do'-k at Norfolk, Va. Since her beam is
under 80 feet. she requires onl]' one
Panama Canal pilot, and so it was that
about 10 a.m. Capt. Ted Jablonski
made his way up a "Jacob's ladder" to
take control of Capt. Paul Poppe's ship.
The reason for the extra-casual dress
of officers and crew was immediately
apparent-the air-conditioning was on

the list of things to be repaired in
Norfolk. The Bclgulf Enterprise was
underway at 10:45, and Captain
Jablonski shed his sport coat soon after.
Many new vessels are automated,
with speed controlled from the bridge
Ib pIushbutton and the engine room
unmanned most of the day. Not so the
Belgulf Enterprise, built in 1962 by
Kawasaki at Kobi, Japan.
Captain Jablonski's "Half Ahead!"
"F'ull Astern!" "Stop Engines!" and other
commands were followed by a brief
buzzing from the time Third Officer
Michel Ferbeck moved the telegraph
lever to convey an order to the engi-
neers below until they responded, and
the helmsman echoed every command
as ie swung the wheel to the propel
Even while the ship was underway.
there was time to talk on this hot,
sunny, late-dry-season day. Captain
Jablonski, who spent 17 years at sea
before joining the Panama Canal 15
years ago, talked about the business of
getting ships through the Canal.
Like other Panama Canal pilots, he
averages about 3 transits a week on an
animal basis, with each duty' tour aver-
aging about 12 hours. 1Dav transit
are easier, he says; night transits strain
both vision and concentration.


What is the hardest part of taking a
ship through? Entering the three sets
of locks, each of which has its unique
problems. At Miraflores Locks, the first
set on the Pacific side, a 4-knot current
is produced when the heavier seawater
meets the fresh water of Miraflores
Lake. It is important to time the ship's
arrival at Pedro Miguel Locks just
right, for there may be a wind that will
take her sideways if she slows down
too much.
As the Belgulf Enterprise approached
the west chamber of Pedro Miguel
Locks about 12:30, Captain Jablonski
moved her toward the center wall. The
wind would help keep the ship off that
wall, he said. On the wing wall to port,
water spraying over the "knuckle"
fender reminded one of the party of
the incident that had inspired installa-
tion of that friction-reducing device in
all locks.

At left: Panama Canal pilot,
Capt. Ted Jablonski, radios Marine
Traffic Control that the
"Belgulf Enterprise" is ready to begin
her northbound transit.
Below left: Linehandlers board the
vessel as she approaches the locks.
Below: In ballast and riding high in the
water, the "Belgulf Enterprise"
moves into Miraflores Locks on the
first leg of her transit.

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One Mav evening in 1967, the 735-
foot-long, 102-foot-wide tanker Rebec-
ca, laden with 45,000 tons of jet fuel
and aviation gasoline, had brushed
against part of the northeast wing wall
at Miraflores Locks. Jet fuel spurted out
and caught fire, burning for nearly an
hour while Fire Division and tugboat
personnel played streams of water on
the blaze and the overheated hull.
Such incidents illustrate dramatically
the danger that hovers over tanker crew
members. Chief Officer Gustaaf ("Staf")
Beirnaert, who is responsible for safety
as well as general maintenance and the
cleaning and maintenance of tanks
when the ship is travelling in ballast,
said he emphasized fire prevention.
adding that it is better not to dwell on
the effects of an explosion.
A fire in the crew's quarters or in
the boiler room might be contained by
the ship's firefighting equipment. She

At right: Chief Officer "Staf" Beirnaert
is dwarfed by oil pipelines.

Below: Third Officer William Van
Hamme-De Smet, Chief Officer Beirnaert,
and Second Officer Serge Lampole
on deck at Pedro Miguel with a
Liberian tanker in the background.

Below right: In casual dress appropriate
to tropical climes, Capt. Paul Poppe
plots a departure course in
the chart room.

has portable extinguishers, a permanent
carbon dioxide installation, equipment
for steam smothering and spraying
Because of the ever-present danger
and the short time in port, tanker crews
usually enjoy more leave and better
accommodations than their counter-
parts on general cargo ships. The offi-
cers of the Belgulf Enterprise chatted
easily-in fluent English, the interna-
tional language of the sea-about their
life on board, their occasional shore
visits, their vacations and their future
According to Belgian law, crew mem-
bers are entitled to 2 months of paid
vacation after 9 months of service, and
Gulf usually grants leave after 6
Chief Officer Beirnaert is one of
those Captain Poppe called "the lucky
ones." Since the Beirnaerts have no
children, his wife Denise is able to
accompany him most of the time.
Sitting at lunch in the Captain's
dining room, by a flower box filled with
large cacti from Venezuela, the Beir-
naerts introduced their cat "Tarzan"
from Puerto La Cruz and spoke about
shipboard life. "Staf" said this was the
second time he had served for a full
year before taking vacation, and Denise
volunteered that during the past 13
months she had left only once, for a
4-day trip home to Ghent.
She has visited the ruins of Old
Panama, gone shopping, been to the
Church of the Golden Altar, and picked
up fresh vegetables at the Canal Zone's
"Chinese gardens." Still, in perhaps 50

stops at Cristobal, where the ship calls
more frequently than at Balboa, she
has gone ashore only about 5 times.
At the other end of the trip, Puerto
La Cruz is a commercial center of some
60,000 people located in the region
that makes Venezuela the largest pro-
ducer of oil in Latin America and third-
largest in the world. But the Beirnaerts
are able to enjoy few of its attractions.
When they put in to the terminal, they
stay only 20 to 24 hours, depending on
the cargo to be loaded, and unlike his
counterpart on a general cargo ship the
chief officer must be on hand at all
Beirnaert acknowledges that it is
relaxing to have his wife on board and
be able to talk things over, and it is
also better for their marriage-senti-
ments that were echoed in one way or
another by others during the day.
Denise, with Rose Van Hamme-De


Panama Canal pilot Capt. Ted Jablonski
stays alert as he takes
a lonely meal on the bridge.

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At the manifold, located amidships,
Chief Officer Beirnaert checks one of the
loading-offloading valves.

Some seamen may find time hangs heavy
on1 their hands, but "Tarzan,"
fiho shipped on with the
Beirnaerts in Puerto La Cruz, takes
pleasure in the simple things of life.

Sinet, the wile of one of the two third
officers on board, spent part of the day
at the swimming pool behind the deck-
house, as Captain Poppe says the crew
does regularly when at sea. He and the
other officers, who are all permanent
company employees, are permitted to
have their wives on board, but most
have responsibilities at home.
Captain Poppe's wife was in Brussels
with their three children, and after
4 months alone he was looking forward
to her joining him when school was
out. Third Engineer Frans DeRvck had
only been back on board 6 days after
a 5-month vacation at his home near
Antwerp. His wife had accompanied
him on his last 6-month stint, and lie
hoped she might rejoin him next month.
As for now, she was having a new
kitchen installed at home. And Chief
Engineer Roger De Grvse's wife, who
had lived aboard 4 months during his
last tour, was home with their grand-
Besides swimming, sunbathing, play-
ing ping pon(g. cards and a dice game
called pitjcsbak, listening to the radio
and reading, members of the ship's
cominuniitv iinmcnt their own 'ii iiise-
menits. Dcnise Beirnaert is doing a
painting Iv numbers. Second Officer
Serge Lampole makes movies-last year,
one of the Canal.
Bachelor Lampole likes the sun and
likes being alone at sea, with time to
think. Still, after 3 years with Gulf, he
sometimes thinks life was more inter-
esting when lhe served on general cargo
ships. In those days, he traveled to
Africa, and because the ship was in
port for as long as a month there was
a chance to meet more people. Now,
he works 11 months straight, then takes
4 or 5 months' leave so he can study
for and take the exams that lead up
the ladder to a master's license.
As pleasant as life on board can be,
there are those who, like "Staf" Beir-
naert, look forward to something differ-
ent. He has been at sea 9 years, all
with Gulf, and says a person "must be
crazv" to stay at sea until he is 60. He
has iad his master's license for 3 years,
and for reasons which probably are
shared by most of the captains and
marine engineers who gave up going
to sea to work for the Panama Canal,
he would like one day to become a
pilot on the single-lock Belgian canal
which runs from Ghent to Terneuzen
and have more time with family and
From 1 to 3 p.m., the Bclgulf Enter-
prise was tied up at the northern end

of Pedro Miguel Locks to allow ships
with "clear cut" restrictions to complete
their southbound transit of Gaillard
Cut. (The "clear cut" restriction means
that because of its size or hazardous
cargo one ship cannot meet another in
the 500-foot-wide Cut.)
The Liberian tanker world d Industry,
whose length of 710 feet and beam of
over 96 feet required her to use two
Panamna Canal pilots, glided into the
east chamber shortly after 1 p.m. She
was followed about an hour later by the
Belgian bulk carrier E. R. Brabantia,
which with a length of 771 feet and a
beam ol 105 feet was carryillg four
pilots. Seeiing those ships at close hand,
one understood why they needed the
Cut to themselves, but it 'was harder
to see w\\h a third, the 226-foot by
:34-loot Mlaridan C, should have been
gi\eii such a wide berth-until Captain
Jablonski mentioned that she was car-
ryinmg Class "A" explosives.
Chief Officer Beirnaert took advan-
taigle of the stopover to conduct a tour
ol the ship, beginning with the well-
kept and attractive crew's quarters
below the bridge.
Out on deck, he briefly explained the
operation of the loading offloading
valves, located almost amidships. Pump-
man Germlin Lorenzo Magdaleno, one
of several Spanish crew members, was
on deck opening a hatch and preparing
to empty all the oil residue into one
tank so the others could he cleaned at
He led the way down to the aft
pump room. Yellow numbers on all
sides indicated where drydock repairs
were to be made. There were four big
cargo pumps to empty holds 3 through
8, used for "dirty" cargo. (The forward
pninproom discharges "clean" cargo
from holds 1 and 2.) During offloading,
Germin may work 36 hours straight.
This, coupled with the stifling heat of
the pump room in the tropical midday
stillness, made it easy to see how in
2 months he had dropped from 187
pounds to 143.
The tour moved up again, and down
into the engine room, where Third En-
gineer DeRvck andl Assistant Engineer
Rafael Vercauteren were enjoying a pot
of tea-broulght from above. The room
had a water cooler, which seemed only
fair since all water used on the ship is
distilled from seawater right there in
the engine room. They can distill 50
tons of water in 24 hours, but normal
daily usage is about 20 tons for the
boilers and 5 tons of potable water.
It seemed nothing short of miracu-

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lous to be able to press a button and
drink cool, delicious water, since de-
spite the mechanical fans the wall
thermometer registered 118F. DeRyck,
a veteran of 36 years at sea, grinned
an:l said that when the ship is under-
way the temperature goes up to about
122 F on the Caribbean run; in the
Persian Gulf, a common tanker run,
engine room temperatures are even
The two boilers, built to operate at
a pressure of 600 pounds and a tem-
perature of 700'F, hum about 40 tons
of Bunker "C" daily, turning the dis-
tilled water into steam that runs the
turbine that drives the single enor-
mous propeller that moves the Belgulf
At 3:04 the ship was underway
again, and for the next hour she
wended her way through the narrow
waters of Gaillard Cut, hacked through
the Continental Divide by the blood
and sweat of thousands of workers in
the French and U.S. Canal construction
davs. Captain Jablonski called out the
orders that kept the bow pointed
toward the large white markers on the
banks-the set with crosses to keep her
in the centerline if there was no ap-
proaching ship, the set with vertical
black lines when there was two-way
After hours of unrelenting tropical
sun, the slight drizzle that began as the
Panamanian vessel Maritime Challenge
approached was more than welcome.
Captain Jablonski emphasized the
pilot's need for full help and coopera-
tion from the crew if all is to go well.
As an example, he pointed out that as
we passed the 608-foot by 85-foot
Maritime Challenge its bow wash
would send our bow toward starboard,

At right: Third Officer William Van
Hamme-De Smet and his wife Rose
take advantage of the stopover at
Pedro Miguel Locks to soak up some
Panama sunshine on the
"monkey bridge," or sundeck, above
the bridge. Waiting behind the
"Belgulf Enterprise" is the Greek vessel
"Maria P. Lemos," and at left rear,
southbound, is the 771-foot by 105-foot
Belgian bulk carrier "E. R. Brabantia."


stern toward port, and the helmsman
had to be ready to compensate.
The Belgulf Enterprise passed Cam-
boa and headed into the vast waters of
Gatun Lake at about 4 o'clock. She con-
tinued to snake along the channel,
marked to keep traffic away from shal-
low areas-hills submerged when the
Chagres River was dammed-and the
skeletons of partly submerged trees.
The sun was by this time falling in
the west, and Captain Jablonski found
himself looking almost directly into it
as he sought out the white markers
used to line up the ship. His remark
that "the Canal is heading the wrong
way" seemed apt. Because Panama is
shaped something like an S lying on
its side and the Canal has a southeast-
northwest orientation, the Atlantic ter-
minal, Cristobal Colon, is 27 miles far-
ther west than the Pacific terminal,
Balboa Panama City; and thus the ship
at times was heading almost due west.
More of the cosmopolitan company
that transited the Canal that dav-40
in all-trooped by: the Ibercille, out of
San Francisco, carrying deck cargo, and
behind her the seagoing oil rig, Seismic
Much of what one hears about the
ships that transit the Canal concerns
tonnage and tolls. But though Captain
Jablonski noted that the Belgulf Enter-
prise, like other Canal customers, would
pay not only her toll but also for the
linehandlers who boarded to take her
through the locks, launch hire and other
fees, no one on board seemed in the
least concerned about these matters,
leaving them to the ship's Canal Zone
Soon Captain Jablonski radioed Ma-
rine Traffic Control at Balboa that lie

In the captain's dining room,
Chief Steward Raymond Foucart
offers Chief Officer Gustaaf Beirnaert
and his wife Denise
a preview of the dinner menu.

Not exactly swimming the Canal, but
at least swimming "in transit,"
Denise Beirnaert enjoys the ship's
pool behind the bridge.

The bow of the 'Belgulf Enterprise,"
left, can be distinguished in the
night lighting as she
passes through Gatun Locks.

Fiscal Year

No. of Tons
Nationality transit of cargo
Belgian-..- 157 1,330,355
British __ 1,368 13,846,863
Chilean__ 140 1,661,221
Chinese, Natl. 144 1,864,655
Colombian __ 151 285,193
Cypriot ---_ 226 1,582,193
Danish 326 2,360,157
Ecuadorian 119 737,922
French 224 1,347,891
German, West 766 4,384,618
Creek ___ 1,142 16,435,493
Honduran--- 83 90,602
Italian 250 1,718,622
Japanese.._ 1,225 10,583,359
Liberian 1,950 34,912,321
Netherlands_ 420 1,837,536
Norwegian 832 12,845,855
Panamanian 1,050 7,682,773
Peruvian 194 2,013,166
Polish 96 510,147
South Korean- 121 791,289
Soviet _. 187 1,110,825
Swedish 373 3,587,244
United States 1,097 9,022,027
Yuitosla\ia 83 927,085
All other 885 6,632,047
Total. 13,609 140,101,459

No. of Tons
transit of cargo
143 545,261
1,258 13,800,035
116 1,576,155
179 1,966,514
180 450,305
254 1,750,905
343 2,743,654
114 1,217,542
222 1,412,551
748 4,905,227
1,337 18,302.657
90 92,778
273 2,431,355
1,348 14,089,086
1,798 31,763,721
417 2,714,657
1,031 15,180,538
1.034 7,357,964
186 1,700,107
51 370,078
82 609,417
242 1,565,197
344 2,921,776
1,322 10,577,896
77 929,932
844 6,931,606
14,033 147,906,914


7 rlde rolttrs--(Large commercial vessels, 300 net tolns or over)
East coast United States-Asia
Europe-\\'est coast South America
East coast United States-West coast South America
Europe-West coast United States/Canada
IEast coast Canada-Asia
United States Intercoastal (including Iawaii)
East coast South America-Asia
\est coast South America--West Indies
All other, .

Fiscal Year
Arv. Vo.
1975 1974 1965-69
2,956 3,467 2,715
1,241 1,071 1,356
1.319 1,274 1,713
823 871 1,004
871 790 224
515 508 420
299 350 173
404 457 505
262 255 201
303 408 282
4,616 4,582 3,910
13,609 14,033 12,503

Vessels of 300 net tons or over-(Fiscal years)

Avg. No.
lMonth 1975 1974 1965-69
July 1,219 1,210 1,067
.Au\ust 1,121 1,127 1,044
September 1,095 1,125 1,015
October ._ 1,125 1,220 1,049
November 1,086 1,160 1,021
December 1.111 1,126 1,035
January - 1,142 1,200 1,003
February 1,052 1,026 922
March --- 1.217 1,189 1,098
April l 1,142 1.202 1,087
May 1,209 1.229 1,110
line 1,090 1,219 1,052
Total 13,609 14,033 12,503
1 Betrfre deduction of any operating expenses.

Tolls (In thousands of dollors)l




Avg. No. Avg. tons
transits of cargo
79 206,416
1,371 10,125,323
113 749,126
113 850,945
218 453,484
17 143,032
385 2,222,146
69 87,104
227 914,145
1,216 4,205,430
505 5,197,097
199 118,498
230 1,535,099
916 7.004,351
1,370 18,579,528
529 2,341,708
1,462 14,579,194
540 2.576,955
152 730,427
16 149,809
32 175,915
65 442,410
433 2,825,670
1,631 9,003,618
26 303,403
589 2.957,751
12.503 88,478,584

FALL 1975

TRANSITS (Oceangoing Vessels)
1975 1974
Commercial 13,609 14,033
U.S. Government 170 248
Free --- -- 7 23
Total _- -_ 13,786 14,304
Commercial S141.950,585 $119,482,081
U.S. Govern-
ment 1,408.053 1,834,876
Total $143.358,638 5121.316,957
CARGO*0 (Oceangoing)
Commercial 140,101,459 147,906,914
U.S. Govern-
ment 526,497 1.748,963
Total 140,627,956 149,655,877
Includes tolls on all essels, oceangoing
and small.
00 Cargo figures are in long tons.

would be at Gatun Locks anchorage
within half an hour, and shortly there-
after Captain Poppe invited his guests
below for dinner-all except the pilot.
One of the drawbacks of being the only
pilot aboard is that you are never off
duty; so Captain Jablonski took a some-
what lonely meal on the bridge.
At the Captain's table, Chief Engi-
neer De Gryse joined the group for a
repast served in style by Chief Steward
Raymond Foucart. The food was good,
and sounded even better in French, as
it appeared on the menu-card. Fried
fish was "poisson frit," served with
"sauce tartare." The lowly potato be-
came "pomines rissolees." There were
"viandes froides" (doesn't that sound
better than "cold cuts"?) and, to top it
off, "creme glac6e."
A bottle of Norwegian beer had
made an unexpected appearance at
lunch. Where does a Belgian ship oper-
ating out of Venezuela come by such
an exotic brew? In the Colon Free
Zone, according to Steward Foucart,
who said the ship's stores are bought
in either Venezuela or Panama.
At dinner, De Crvse explained that
9 of the 13 officers aboard were engi-
neers, 2 of whom are usually in the
engine room when the ship is under-
way. If the ship's one engine develops
trouble, an alarm sounds, the fires are
banked or the boilers shut down; the
engineers determine what is wrong;
and they try to fix it right then and
An emergency generator that runs
on diesel fuel gives enough power to
keep lights on, run necessary pumps
and keep the steering gear functioning.
The engineers try to patch things up
and get to port for repairs. Here the

Belgulf Enterprise has it all over her
"super" sisters, which may have to
search far and wide for a drydock large
enough to accommodate them.
The sun set during dinner. Back up
on the starboard bridge wing, one
could survey Gatun Locks from the en-
trance to the southwest chamber, where
the Belgulf Enterprise had once again
tied up. Ahead was the Christopher
Lykes, which had made local headlines
when involved in a collision at sea.
Now she was inching through the locks,
a gaping hole in her side. Coming out
through the east chamber after her
50-minute-or-so trip through the three
chambers, nearly a mile long, was the
container ship Westfalia, out of Ham-
All was quiet, save for the peculiar
sound of the winches taking up slack
in the lines stretching from the ship to
the "mules"-there would be four loco-
motives, with two lines each. All lights
at the bridge level had been extin-
guished for better visibility, and the
moon casting its light on the waters
and the balmy breeze coming in from
sea claimed as much attention as the
locks operation itself.
There was so little vibration from
the engine that it prompted a comment
to Captain Poppe, who said the vibra-
tion was considerably more noticeable
at sea, at higher speeds. After 3 years
on the Belgulf Enterprise, he said he
might like a ship with the bridge
At the end of her run through Gatun
Locks, the ship swept smoothly out
into the saltwater, moving full ahead
into the eerie loneliness of a giant
jungle "river" with faintly lighted banks
under the cool light of the moon,
slipping in and out of the clouds.
Captain Poppe pointed to the green
light at the buoy where his guests
would debark. Soon, the operator of
the launch Dorado nudged her bow up
to the hull of the Belgulf Enterprise
and kept his craft steady in the rolling
waves while Captain Jablonski and his
companions made their way down the
As they were whisked off to the Cris-
tobal Boat House, the Belgulf Enter-
prise, now back under Captain Poppe's
control, moved in her stately fashion
out past the breakwater. Out she went
to open sea, where with one man on
watch, one on lookout and the auto-
matic steering taking over, she would
set course for Norfolk and a 15-day
rest before once again taking up her
C(inlilea.n rounds.

(All cargo figures in long tons)

Pacific to Atlantic
Fiscal Year

Manufactures of iron and steel __- _
Petroleum and products__--_____- _____
Ores, various ---___________________ _
Lumber and products_______________ ____
Sugar_ __-----_-_ ____________________
Pulpwood ___________-_________________-
Metals, various-_________ ______________
Food in refrigeration (excluding bananas)__ __
Coal and coke _______________
Sulfur___ ________________________ ____
Autos, trucks, accessories and parts_____ ___-
Fishmeal --._____ _____-_______.______.
Paper and products ___________ ____
Molasses_ __-_--_-.___________._______
Allother_ _____________ ___________
Total ________



5-Yr. Acg.

Atlantic to Pacific
Fiscal Year

Coal and coke_------------------
Petroleum and products -_________.______
Corn_ -----_-__-____-__-__ __
Phosphate .- --._-- ---___ --- --___..
Wheat _____
Soybeans_ ---____.- .____________.____
Ores, various ..
Metal, scrap -______________________-____
Sorghum ___- ------
Manufactures of iron and steel_____ ____
Sugar _____-_ ___________________
Fertilizers, unclassified -_______ _____
Chemicals, unclassified .________________
Machinery and equipment (excluding autos,
trucks, accessories and parts)__ _______
Metals, various (excluding scrap)___ ______
All other..___ _


Commercial vessels:
Small _--
Total ___-





5-Yr. Avg.



Fiscal Year
Avg. No.
1975 1974 1965-69

Total Total



Atlantic Pacific
to to
Pacific Atlantic Total

---_--- 6,750
--_---__ 491
- -_ ___--__-_ 7,241



U.S. Government vessels: 2
Oceangoing ___ __________ 81 89 170 248 927
Small -____-__ ________ ___ 55 55 110 110 117
Total ____-- ___----- ____ 136 144 280 358 1,044
Total Commercial and
U.S. Government --_-----____ 7,377 7,316 14,693 15,217 14,116-
1 Vessels under 300 net tons or 500 displacement tons.
2 Vessels on which tolls are credited. Prior to July 1, 1951. Government-operated ships transited



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