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V VISITORS TO THE PANAMA
Canal cannot help but be im-
pressed with the constant hum of activ-
ity that surrounds the waterway. The
Canal never sleeps. Ships transit day
and night, requiring the presence of a
qualified workforce both to operate the
waterway and to maintain it.
This edition of the PANAMA CANAL
REVIEW salutes those thousands of em-
ployees directly involved in the task of
maintaining the Canal. Their jobs range
in scope from changing a lightbulb in a
lighted buoy to designing plans for
an improved locomotive turntable. But
each task is essential to providing
smooth and continuous service to Canal
Equally important to the operation of
the Canal is the preservation of the Ga-
tun Lake watershed. Current problems
resulting from deforestation of the
watershed are examined in this issue,
In This Issue
and the accompanying aerial photo-
graphs provide graphic evidence of
A Christmas issue would not be
complete without stories reminding us
of the delights of this season of the year.
A tale about toys will bring back nos-
talgic remembrances of days gone by for
some readers, while others will relish
the recipes for a Christmas dinner that
feature delicacies available locally. The
issue is rounded out with a story on
Stevens Circle, a meeting place for
Canal Zone people at any time of
Special thanks go to Mel Kennedy
of the Panama Canal Graphics Branch
for designing the cover and for his pro-
fessional guidance in the selection of
many of the photographs that appear
in this edition of the REVIEW. Other
photographers whose work is included
are Arthur L. Pollack, Don Goode,
Kevin Jenkins, and Alberto Acevedo,
all of the Graphics Branch; and Ron
Jakaitis of the Dredging Division.
On The Cover
T HE DEWATERED CHAMBER
at Gatun Locks featured on the
front cover is the scene of locks over-
haul. The back cover shows the same
chamber alive with the activity of ves-
sels in transit. Inside the front cover,
passengers on the deck of a transiting
cruise ship get an opportunity to see
the floating crane Hercules lift a giant
miter gate off its pintles for transfer to
a drvdock for overhaul.
Maiaintaining the Waterway:
Key To Canal's Success
By Vicki Boatwright
T HE PANAMA CANAL CEL-
ebrated its 64th birthday in Au-
gust. By that age most employees of
the Canal organization have retired,
begun to take life at a slower pace.
But the works of man's genius are
meant to outlive man himself, and the
Panama Canal is no exception. It is
today, as in 1914, a viable, efficient
structure still essential to the flow of
The fact that this is so is a tribute
to two groups of people: first, to the
designers of the Canal whose foresight
in planning the construction of the
waterway paved the way for its adapta-
tion to meeting present day needs. Its
simple, functional design has lent itself
to improvements in both the physical
structure of the Canal and the tech-
niques used in maintaining it. The
widening and deepening of the chan-
nel to accommodate increased traffic
and larger vessels, the bank lighting
through Gaillard Cut which allows
round the-clock operation, and the de-
velopment of engineering techniques
for overhauling valves without dewater-
ing the locks chambers are a few of the
changes that were possible within the
framework of the original plan for the
Second, it is a tribute to those who
through the years and to the present
keep the waterway in top running con-
dition. To these people, the Panama
Canal is a living organism, worthy of
their respect and relying upon their
skills and their dedication for its con-
It is to this group of people, the em-
ployees who perform the thousands of
jobs necessary to keeping the Panama
Canal open year round to ship traffic
that this story is dedicated.
Chamber work: A caisson holds back the flow of water as Maintenance Division employees break out the old concrete locks sill.
The sill will be restored while the miter gates are out for'overhaul.
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A better way: Left, the pouring of molten, are raised at one time on a platform, a
babbitt into the hollow quoin bearing platd r and faster way to accomplish the task.
the juncture at which the miter gate meelow: A brand new 900-pound pintle ball,
the lock wall, was once accomplished b which the miter gate rotates, is eased
lifting workmen in a basket and lowering ,
cmtainers of babbitt to them. Today th
workmen and a container carrying enough re the chamber is flooded and the gates
of the 6.50 F metal to complete the whohrfcd bock into position.
WINTER 1978 THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
Keeping the waterway in shape is a
multi-million dollar a year business. It
involves the combined efforts of every
operating division within the Canal
organization. The scope of the work is
staggering. It encompasses such di-
verse activities as the maintenance and
repair of the physical structure of the
locks; the continuous dredging of chan-
nels, harbors, anchorages and piers; the
surveillance of the stability of the banks
of the Canal; the maintenance of a sys-
tem of aids to navigation; the treatment
of aquatic vegetation encroaching in the
channels; and the maintenance of the
dams and spillways that control the
level of the lakes.
Engineers, mechanics, machinists,
electricians, riggers, heavy equipment
operators, carpenters, painters, marine
traffic schedulers and control house
operators are but a few of the people
involved in the maintenance of the
Canal. Some of what they do is schedul-
ed work, planned and budgeted for well
in advance. Concurrent with that work
are tasks that must be tackled because
a need has arisen or an emergency has
occurred. The workforce of the Panama
Canal is capable of handling it all.
Locks Overhaul Is
Perhaps the most visible example of
planned maintenance done to the water-
way is the annual locks overhaul.
Scheduled 7 years in advance, the work
is accomplished during the dry season
months of January through April. Dur-
ing overhaul, the manpower and equip-
ment of many divisions are deployed to
get the job done in the allotted amount
of time. The workforces of the Locks,
Industrial, Dredging, Engineering and
Maintenance Divisions and Marine
Traffic Control are among those that
work in concert to see that the overhaul
is completed without disruption of
One of the most dramatic tasks per-
formed during overhaul is the restora-
tion of the giant miter gates. Each pair
of the 44 pairs of operating miter gates
in the Panama Canal-88 gates leaves-
is scheduled for a thorough overhaul on
a 2.5 to 30 year cycle. The gate and its
components are removed, inspected and
reconditioned and the gate is returned
to service in top working condition.
For many years miter gates were
overhauled in place, requiring long lane
outages while the work was done. Then
in 1965 a new method was developed
which involved lifting the gates off their
pintles, or pivots, and floating them to
drydock for repair. This method requires
that the lane be out of service for only
2 days, 1 day to remove the gates and
I to return them to position.
Each gate leaf is 65 feet 7 inches
wide and 7 feet thick. They range in
height, depending on their location,
from 47 feet 4 inches to 82 feet and
in gross weight from 440 to 770 tons.
The Dredging Division's giant crane
Hercules is the only piece of Canal
equipment able to move the gates to a
But the lifting capacity of the Hercu-
les is only 250 tons. In order to raise
even the lightest gate, the gate must
first be made buoyant. Air is pumped
into the flotation chambers built into
each gate-again, an act of foresight in
the original design-and the chamber is
flooded. Locks locomotives steady the
crane as it tilts the gate leaf to free it
from the yolk at the top and lift it
off the pintle ball nn the floor of
Once the gates are in the drydock,
the real work begins. The pintle casting,
which serves as the pivot point for
the leaf, is removed and shipped to
the Industrial Division headquarters in
Mount Hope to be overhauled. Then the
bearing plates, which form a perfect
water-tight seal between the leaves and
the side of the chamber and between
leaves themselves, are blasted off and
the lead alloy behind them, called bab-
bitt, is removed. New bearing plates
precisely aligned within 5'1000 of an
inch tolerance are installed, and the
space behind them is filled with molten
babbitt heated to a temperature of 650
At the same time that the major com-
ponents of the gate are being worked
on, scraping and painting crews do their
job on the entire surface of the leaf.
Workmen also go inside the gates to
clean out any silt and debris that may
have accumulated there.
When the drvdock work is completed
and has been inspected and passed by
locks overhaul engineers, the giant
leaves are filled with air and floated
hack to their place in one of the sets
But before the gates can be replaced
much work must be done within the
chamber. In order for work crews to
have full access to the locks walls, the
chamber floor and the concrete sills
against which the closed gate leaves
rest, the chamber is dewatered for a
period of 96 hours. Engineers plan the
work hour by hour, and each operation
must be coordinated with the greatest
precision so that every step is com-
Explosive ditching at Velasquez spoil
dump on the west bank of the Canal:
Above, an aerial view of the 260 acres of
drainage ditches dug with dynamite;
at left, Dredging Division blasting
crew sets the charges in 500 foot strings;
lower left, the red flag is down, fire
in the hole; bottom right, a ditch created
pleted on target. At the same time,
Marine Traffic controllers schedule re-
lay lockages to prevent a large backlog
With the gate removed, work crews
have access to the hollow quoin plates,
the area where the gate meets the locks
wall; to the pintle ball and its assembly
on which the lower end of the gate
pivots; and to the yoke which supports
the upper end. Each of these is re-
worked and restored to fit the exact
specifications of the newly overhauled
gates. In addition, with the chamber
drained the concrete gate sill can be
inspected and, if necessary, repaired.
At every step of the way the engineers
must monitor and check the work to
insure that when the gates are replaced
every component will align properly.
The maintenance of the miter gates
is only one phase of a locks overhaul
and only one example of scheduled
maintenance. But like the dozens of
other projects accomplished yearly, it
demands the combined effort of many
divisions of the Panama Canal Company
to see the work successfully completed.
Innovation the Key
To Today's Problems
While our forefathers designed for
the future, problems have arisen since
1914 that they could not have been ex-
pected to anticipate. These problems
require an innovative response on the
part of those whose job it is today
to operate and maintain the waterway.
Such a response was rendered this year
by Canal employees on the problem of
diminishing space for dredging spoil.
The regular removal of the accumu-
lation of silt and debris from Canal
channels in order to maintain them at
a navigable depth is a continuous job.
After more than 60 years of such dredg-
ing, the space set aside for spoil dis-
posal was filled almost to capacity.
Without the possibility of developing
new sites, the solution rested in making
more space in the areas that already
But the question of how to accomplish
that was a difficult one. The nature of
the spoil material itself was a limiting
factor. Dredging spoil is composed of
a small percentage of small rock that
settles out and dries quickly. The largest
portion is a fine textured silt with a
high degree of water retention. This
material may hold its water content for
years, preventing the silt from consoli-
dating to a smaller volume. Added to
that is the effect of the hot tropic sun
which acts on the surface of the depo-
sited silt to form a crust which serves
to contain the water content beneath
it by preventing further evaporation.
What was needed was a system of
drainage ditches that would remove
the contained water and allow the fine
silt to consolidate.
The nature of the spoil, however,
made it impossible to use excavation
machinery for this purpose. The dry
crust would give way and the machin-
ery sink into the slushy material below.
Dredging Division employees came
up with a plan to create the drainage
ditches by using small dynamite charges
set at close intervals. After surveying
the spoil dump areas to determine the
best pattern for the drainage ditches,
tests were done to determine the proper
spacing and depths at which the charges
should be placed. After some trial and
error-that resulted in a few broken
windows-the blasting crew settled into
In just 3 weeks of work at the Velas-
quez dump area, located on the west
bank of the Canal adjacent to Rodman
Naval Station, 21,000 linear feet of
ditches were dug with dynamite at a
cost of just one dollar per foot. Conven-
tional methods, if they had been fea-
sible, would have taken several months
and cost many times more.
But the real measure of success of
the project was the immediate increase
in drainage of water from the spoil area,
which allows for additional amounts of
dredging spoil to be deposited there.
With one success behind them, the
crews moved on to accomplish the same
feat at the spoil dump area on Telfer's
Island on the Atlantic side.
In Times of Crisis
It is perhaps in times of emergency
that the Canal workforce has most
effectively demonstrated its dedication
to keeping the waterway open to its
In 1970, a herculean effort was
mounted to raise the rice and cotton-
laden cargo vessel Sian Yung after it
struck the west bank of Gaillard Cut
and sank. It took 2 years of continuous
labor before the ship could be raised.
by means of cofferdams which floated
it to the surface, and towed out to sea
Slides, as recent as the 1974 disaster
at East Culebra Reach in Gaillard Cut,
have required immediate response and
round-the-clock effort on the part of
Canal employees to clear the channel
and return it to full service. Indeed,
Dredging Division painters maintain the
lighthouse at Isla Grande, a primary
landfall for ships approaching the Canal
from the north. Built by the French
in 1893, the steel structure traces its
structural lineage to the Eiffel tower,
which opened in 1889 at an exhibition
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
Replacing the softnose at Gatun Locks: Left, at the Maintenance Division shed, employees
prepare the wooden form that will hold the concrete for the precast softnose unit.
A steel strongback that will check the pressure of the bulging concrete is examined
to insure a proper fit, then bolted into place. Center: At high tide the Dredging
Division's craneboat "Atlas" lifts the 62-ton unit, one of four pieces of the completed
softnose, from Dock 8 to transport it to Gatun. Above: An aerial view of the
unit being bolted to the centerwall at Gatun Locks while being supported
by the derrick barge "Goliath."
since 1914, slides account for 54 mil-
lion cubic yards of earth and rock that
have been removed from the channel
by the Canal's dredging forces.
This year the emergency was not in
the channel, but at the locks themselves.
In April the transiting oil tanker Over-
seas Ohio hit and sank the approach
wall nose rendering, knnwn as the "soft-
nose," at Pedro Miguel Locks. The
wooden approach wall fendering at Ga-
tun had heen similarly destroyed just
3 months before.
The function of the softnoses is to
protect ships from the damage they
would incur if they hit the solid concrete
centerwall. Without the sofnoses, extra
tugs were needed to guide ships safely
into and out of the locks, and traffic was
slowed as cautious pilots maneuvered
past the approach walls. To complicate
matters even further, there was already
a backlog of ships due to a time nf
particularly heavy ship traffic.
Although both the softnoses had been
damaged previously and plans were be-
ing formulated for their eventual re-
placement, the situation of having the
units at each end of Gatun Lake out of
commission at the same time meant
that action had to he taken immediately.
A limit of 6 weeks was set in which two
new units were to be fabricated and
installed at Pedro Miguel and Catun.
The job of constructing the four-
piece, precast concrete softnose units
was done at the Maintenance Division
in Balboa by crews working 12 hours a
day, 7 days a week. Concrete slabs
which would allow for the level con-
struction of the units were cast on the
floor of the division's Building 10. Huge
wooden forms reinforced with steel into
\\INTER 1978 THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
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Above: A Locks Division employee descends 8 feet into a 6-foot lateral culvert
in the chamber floor to inspect for cracks in the concrete. Below: The mighty miter
gates at rest in Balboa Drydock, where they undergo a complete overhaul
in a 2-month period. Right, a gate gets a touchup.
which the concrete was to be poured
were built on location by division car-
penters. After the poured concrete had
set, the forms were stripped away and
the rubber fendering put into place on
the concrete units.
Three cranes were needed to pick up
each of the major pieces of the units,
which weighed approximately 62 tons
apiece. The first unit was carried by
tractor trailer to the east wing wall of
Pedro Miguel Locks, where it was
placed in position to be loaded aboard
the derrick barge Goliath.
The second softnose unit was carried
by tractor trailer from Building 10 to
the dock in Balboa, where the crane-
boat Atlas lifted the four pieces off the
dock at high tide for transport to Gatun.
At Pedro Miguel, and later at Gatun,
the Goliath was used to suspend each
of the pieces of the softnose unit as
they were bolted into place on the cen-
terwall. The entire job was completed
within the scheduled time and the locks
returned to full service with only tem-
porary lane outages of a few days.
Once again Canal employees demon-
strated their willingness and proved
their ability to meet an emergency head
on by working long, grueling hours in
order to keep the waterway operating
at peak efficiency.
12 WINTER 1978
From Teddy Bears
to Star Wars
tell a tale
"When I was a beggarly boy
and lived in a cellar damp,
I had not a friend nor a toy,
But I had Aladdin's lamp."
-IAMNES RUSSELL LOW\ELL
T WO EMPTY BOTTLES, TIED
together at the neck, are pulled
through the dirt by a small, harefoot
Anyone who has ever lived in a
sugar-producing country, where cane is
transported to the mill in "carrctas"
drawn bv a team of oxen, knows the
little boy is pretending the bottles are
his beasts of burden and that he is haul-
ing the product of the dav's work from
Where toys are not available, or
simply beyond the means of the parents,
children find a sway. Dolls carved out
of wood or fashioned from rags or
empty sacks; old tires or barrel hoops
to roll, broomsticks to serve as spirited
steeds, or discarded spools to he used
for wheels nn homemade carts.
Children's imagination, stimulated
by their environment, by the events
rounds them. by movies, comic books
or TV, is not unlike Aladdin's lamp in
its ability to conjure up a world of
From the earliest times youngsters
have entertained themselves through
play-acting and make believe, casting
themselves or their dolls in the role of
famous personages of fiction or real life.
And props need never be a problem.
With a little ingenuity, a paper or card-
board crown makes the child a king, a
dishtowel tied about the neck turns him
into Superman and a simple black mask
into the Lone Ranger.
But there have always been adults
to devise more sophisticated toys, to
capitalize on children's fantasies and
stimulate their natural inclination to
imitate their elders and their activities.
Dolls of every description, miniature
furniture, china tea sets, cooking uten-
sils and stoves have traditionally been
provided for the entertainment of little
girls, nn the long-established theory
that they must inevitably grow up and
assume the role of housewives.
Boys have always been encouraged
to play with manly things. Building
locks, erector sets, tool kits and chem-
istry sets, and to participate in physical
games to develop athletic prowess.
Since the struggle against segrega-
tion of the sexes has succeeded, promo-
Above left: Kenneth Martin's gleeful reaction shows that Teddy Bears remain
as popular today as in the days of Teddy Roosevelt for whom they are named.
Center: A "Spillway" story asking readers to bring in their antique bears produced
a number of venerable ones. Some of the oldest are shown here. Their ages and owners
are left to right: More than 60 years. Susan Onilin; at least 40 years. Sue Follett;
and more than 50 years. Pat Mercier Aboce right: Tony Alres holds a 40-year-old
hear brought in by Winter Collins.
tion of playthings is no longer aimed
specifically at boys or girls and adver-
tising frequently shows girls playing
with toys formerly considered strictly
Trends in toys are strongly influenced
by depressions, wars and technological
breakthroughs. After the Panama Canal
started operations in 1914 and up until
the time the United States entered
World War I in 1917, toys sold in the
Canal Zone commissaries were of the
traditional, peacetime variety, unless
you consider lead soldiers, cowboys and
indians as bellicose. But there were no
toy pistols, rifles or machine guns.
In those days the commissaries sold
toys only for a few weeks before Christ-
mas at a temporary location. And since
buyers placed their Christmas tov or-
ders during February and March-as
they still do today-the first warlike toys
didn't appear on commissary shelves
until 1919, more than a year after the
armistice was signed.
Before the war, a great many of the
toys imported for Canal Zone worker's
children were German made-hand-
somely crafted wooden figures and
heavy, cast iron cars, trucks and trains.
But the supply was cut off at the out-
break of hostilities in Europe.
In 1916, the commissary increased
its toy order from the usual $10,000 to
$20,000 "to avoid customer complaints
about scarcity." That year, a special toy
section was set up at the Oil House,
near the Balboa substation. The facility
went into operation at 8 a.m. on No-
vember 20. To accommodate shoppers,
the Panama Railroad provided a 3-day
shuttle service with 10 round trips a
day between Panama and the Oil House
with stops at the Tivoli, Bishop's Hal-
low and Balboa Heights. The fare was
10 cents each way.
Entry of the United States into the
war brought a period of austerity to the
Canal Zone as efforts were directed at
more patriotic concerns than exchang-
ing Christmas gifts. The mood was
reflected in a memo in which the Sup-
ply Department General Manager ad-
vised store managers that Christmas
orders would be cut sharply "in line
with a recommendation from the Coun-
0il of National Defense that useless
,iving at Christmas time be discouraged
ind that money ordinarily wasted on
)resents of doubtful utility be saved
nd invested in Thrift Stamps and War
Conceding that "there are times
I hen gift-giving is desirable if not ab-
Alutely necessary" the manager's memo
ent on to suggest a few practical
:hristmas gifts such as silk neckties,
imisoles, chemises and ladies' silk
Commissaries also offered another
ay for Canal Zone people to do their
it for the war effort. "Comfort Christ-
ias Boxes could be purchased for about
1.00 as gifts for U.S. or allied troops,
'ackaged and ready for mailing."
But whoever decided on the contents
,f the gift packages must have assumed
hat all our troops were addicted to
smoking. There were two kinds of
igarettes-Fatima and King Bee, plus
tin of Prince Albert Tobacco, cigaret-
e paper and matches. This was counter-
'alanced, however, hv a tube of tooth
paste, a tooth brush and a package of
But even during the war, Canal em-
ployees were able to buy imported
Christmas trees at their commissaries.
In 1917 a small tree sold for 60 cents,
a medium tree for 90 cents and a large
one for $1.90.
Since the 1920's, Supply Division
buyers have gone to New York each
year to inspect the new offerings and
HE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
By Vie Canel
Above: The latest design in Barbie
dolls is admired by Michelle Martin.
At left: A doll, popular during the
American Civil War, is displayed
along with a doll, doll heads and
dishes from Canal construction
days which were dug up by bottle
collectors. All are from the collection
of Camille Van Hoose.
Below: Deanne Chance holds other
antique dolls from this collection.
place the Christmas order for the Pan-
ama Canal commissaries.
At the "Toy Center of the World,"
on New York's Fifth Avenue, the latest
novelties of the toy industry are dis-
played and demonstrated by manufac-
Lirer's representatives in floor after floor
One of the early buyers, L. \V.
McIlvaine, reported after attending the
1929 Toy Fair for a 3-week period that
he visited more than 400 permanent
and temporary exhibits then housed in
three New York hotels. He was most
impressed with the novel airplane
model kits and predicted they would
sell well in the Canal Zone. Just 2 years
earlier, Charles A. Lindbergh had made
his famous solo flight across the Atlan-
tic and aviation was the coming thing.
Not all the items he bought were suc-
cessful, however. In November 1930.
just before the Christmas toys were to
go on sale, there was a terse memo to
all store managers instructing them to
return "sling shots with a parachute at-
tachment" and that "under no circum-
stances are they to be permitted to go
on sale." The recall was apparently for
The depression saw a slackening off
in the toy business. Mcllvaine reported
after his 1932 trip to the Toy Fair that
there were fewer bnvers "because of
the depression." The economic slump
also brought a reduction in the per
diem allowed the Panama Canal buyers
while on the New York assignment-
from $6 to $5 a day.
The evolution of the tov industry,
which today is a multibillion dollar
16 VINTER 1978
business in the United States, has paral-
leled advances in technology. During
the latter part of the 19th century. par-
ticularly in Europe, many toys were
in small shops by skilled craftsmen who
actually made exquisitely detailed scale
models of furniture and other items
they produced for the adult world.
In the early 1900's and through
the 1920's the U.S. toy industry pro-
duced a great deal of ingenious action
toys. The 1902 Sears catalogue offered
a "wind-up automobile with imitation
rubber tires for 17 cents." For 29 cents
you could get a "Balky Mule" which,
when wound up, would move forward
about 3 feet and then apparently at
the command of the driver" who pulled
the reins just at the right time, would
kick and start backward. Another item
advertised in the same catalogue was
a "Bear Bank" which consisted of the
figure of an indian aiming a rifle at a
grizzly. When a coin was placed on the
barrel of the rifle and a lever was pulled,
the coin shot into the bear.
The 1927 Sears catalogue is replete
vith mechanical toys-a car that "goes
n every direction, bucks and rears up,"
I windup airplane that flvs around a
lylon and even a toy labeled "Panama
Pile Driver." It featured a little man in
a two-wheel cart that went up and down
Steep track to work the hammer
with the help of marbles to serve as a
Aside from the general trend toward
more sophisticated toys, which has
broughtt the industry from its infancy
nto the space age, as exemplified by an
extensive line of spinoffs from the hit
I'HE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW 17
movie "Star Wars," every few years toy-
makers hit upon an item that really
One is the yo-yo, which has enjoyed
brief periods of popularity in modern
times, though it is said to date back to
the French Revolution. It was then
called "emigrette" after the emigrants
who left France in 1789.
The hula hoop, which took the
United States by storm in the 1950's
and quickly became popular through-
out the world, is now beginning to make
But perhaps the prize for the most
long-lasting popularity would go to the
"Barbie" doll which also made its ap-
pearance in the 1950's and was quickly
followed by a series of companion dolls.
As any parent who ever bought a Bar-
bie knows, that is only the beginning.
Keeping her and her friends dressed in
style and providing them with the in-
numerable accessories the manufacturer
so thoughtfully makes available, is a
continuing investment. There is even a
poodle to go with a glamorized version
of Barbie, called Fashion Queen Barbie.
The poodle, of course, has its own ac-
cessories-a collar and chain, corduroy
jacket and even a net tutu.
Dolls that "talk" when you pull a
string have been around for some time.
Mattel's most erudite talking doll, a
number called Charmin Chatty, comes
with 5 records and 10 sides and a
repertoire of 120 different phrases. The
doll is available in costumes of differ-
ent lands and there are records in
French, German, Italian, Spanish, Rus-
sian, Japanese and English-with a
British accent, if you prefer.
The age of electronics has ushered
in a whole new line of playthings for
children and adults-tennis, football
and other games which are played on
a television screen. Latest thing on the
market is a computerized football game
in which players try to outguess the
previously programmed game strategy.
Manv of the new electronic toys,
pocket computers and other sophisti-
cated items were included in this year's
commissary Christmas sale-the last
before the facilities cease operations on
October 1, 1979. But a good portion of
the half million dollar order was for
traditional toys-a large variety of dolls
and stuffed animals for the preschool
trade. Disney characters and the peren-
nial favorite, the Teddy Bear, which
took its name from the 26th president
of the United States and came into
being just about the time the Canal
construction was getting started.
Center above: Toys made by patients at the Canal Zane Mental Health Clinic in 1920
reflect the style of cars as well as the type of toys popular at that time.
Above: Wooden toys from many lanuds include marching guards from Denmark.
nutcrackers from Germany; a balancing man from Brazil; handcarved toys with moveable
parts from Russia; and a colorfully clad merchant from Egypt.
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in Camboa Reach. The excavation.
which is evident on the two small
islands to the right of the channel.
is the initial work toward complete
removal of the islands to widen and
realign the Marnei Curve, a major
Canal improvement project.
Darki patches seen on each side
of the channel are growths of the
submerged aquatic plant hydrilla.
The light green area in the lower
left corner is an infestation of the
floating water plant pistia. En-
croachment of this pest plant on
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Minted Fresh Fruit Western Coleslaw
for family and
By Vannie Jones
T HE CHRISTMAS SEASON DIN-
ner table provides a splendid op-
portunity for expressing affection and
hospitality. Making holiday meals pleas-
ing and festive occasions is a rewarding
experience whether the objects of your
affection are family members or friends
coming in for a holiday party.
Why not let the spirit of caring and
sharing permeate your kitchen and
dining room this season? You can start
by converting "tedious kitchen chores"
into joyful "labors of love." Try min-
gling your chopping, sifting, stirring
and measuring with pleasant thoughts
of those who will be sitting at your
table. Consider the tastes of every guests
(even little Susie and Johnnie) and
plan something to delight each one. As
you prepare your dinner table, antic-
ipate the warm fellowship to be shared
with loved ones when your meal is
During such busy days, it is unlikely
that you will want to undertake a gour-
met dinner, hut by choosing recipes
20 WINTER 1978
that are family favorites and simple
"do ahead" dishes, holiday meals can
be leisurely and fun for all who partic-
ipate in them. Using some of the many
delicious local food items can make
your Christmas in the tropics even more
Some of the recipes appearing on
these pages are old family favorites,
others are very special because they
come from friends who enjoy sharing
BEST WISHES FOR HAPPY HOLI-
DAY DINING .
Cut favorite fresh fruits into bite-sized
pieces. Melan, pineapple, papaya, oranges,
apples, grapes, strawberries, etc.
Place an bed of fresh lettuce.
Top with Minted Lime Dressing (below):
3 Tablespoons mint jelly (commercial ap-
ple-mint jelly will do)
2 Tablespoons honey
Grated peel and juice of I lime
Juice of 1 lemon
Mix ingredients together and chill.
Pour over fruit just before serving.
(If you have a shelf free in your
freezer, put these servings into freezer
for about 5 minutes before serving.)
Lobster Imperial (with Rice)
3 Pounds cooked lobster (chopped into bite-
1M Cup minced onion-Sauteed in 1 stick
margarine or butter until tender
I Cup minced green pepper
5 Tablespoons flour-Stir into onion/pep-
3 Cups chicken bauillon-Stir into onian/
I to 2 cups milk-Add gradually until sauce
is medium thick
1 Teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
I Teaspoon Worcestershire or Soy Sauce
1 Chopped hard bailed egg
Add and stir together.
Place 3 cups cooked rice in casse-
role. Add lobster. Cover with sauce.
Before baking sprinkle on seasoned
bread crumbs, grated parmesan cheese
and dot generously with butter.
Heat in oven until hot all the way
through-about 30 minute at 350.
3 Cups (about 6 ears) fresh-cut corn
2 Tablespoons finely chopped onion
! Teaspoon salt
a Teaspoon pepper
1 Cup shredded Swiss cheese
!2 Cup evaporated milk or half-and-half
Dot bottom of shallow 1-quart bak-
ing dish with 1 tablespoons margarine.
Combine next 4 ingredients with cup
shredded cheese and pour into baking
dish. Top with remaining cheese, then
dot with 1% tablespoons margarine.
Drizzle with evaporated milk. Bake in
preheated 350 F. oven 25 minutes, or
until corn is tender. Makes 6 servings.
1 Medium head cahbage, shredded
2 Onions-Sliced thin and placed in layers
% Cup sugar-Sprinkle on tap
1 Tablespoon salt
% Cup salad ail
1 Teaspoon dry mustard
1 Teaspoon celery seed
1 Cup vinegar
Stir while cooking to a rolling boil.
Pour dressing over cabbage and
cover. Do not stir. Put in refrigerator
to cool at least 4 hours before serving.
Cranberry Relish Salad
1 Medium thin-skinned orange
1 Medium apple
2 Cups fresh or frozen cranberries
18 Cups sugar
1 Package (3 ounces) orange or lemon
2 Envelopes unflavared gelatin
Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
Spiced Mandarin-orange wedge (optional)
Cut orange and apple in eighths and
remove seeds. Force with cranberries
through fine blade of food chopper.
Add sugar, mix well and refrigerate a
few hours, stirring occasionally to dis-
solve sugar. Prepare orange gelatin
according to package directions. Soften
unflavored gelatin in one cup cold
water. Put over low heat, stirring until
dissolved. Add to orange gelatin with
lemon rind and juice. Chill until slightly
thickened. Fold in cranberry mixture,
mix well and pour into 6-cup ring mold.
Chill until firm. Unmold and fill center
with orange wedges, if desired. Makes
10 to 12 servings.
Spiced landarin-orange wedges:
Drain syrup from one can (11 ounces)
mandarin-orange wedges. Put in sauce-
pan with 2 tablespoons sugar, dash of
ginger and 12 whole cloves. Simmer.
uncovered, until reduced one half. Cool
and pour over orange wedges. Chill
overnight. Makes about one cup.
NOTE: Recipe can he doubled.
Seashells, driftwood and tropical flowers
were used to create an imaginative
centerpiece for this holiday dinner table.
Recipes for all the dishes appear
on this page.
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
Gifts from the
kitchen: to enjoy
on the spot or
to send home
Cream Cheese Pie
2 Cups graham cracker crumbs
'3 Cup sugar
12 Cup melted butter
C Cup chopped nuts
M.ix together and press into bottom of
8 x 10-inch pan or large pie plate
!' Ounce cream cheese (softened)
2 Eggs 1 Large bag orange slices candy chopped
! Cup sugar and sprinkled with a bit of flour
1 Teaspoon vanilla 2 Cups chopped nuts
, Cup evaporated milk 1 Teaspoon vanilla
Blend together and put in crust. Bake 1 Can coconut (optional)
at 375' for 20 minutes. Bake in greased and floured loaf pans
Optional topping: Strawberry or cher- at 275 for 21/ to 3 hours.
ry pie filling. Mix sour cream and dream
whip for decoration.
New Orleans Pecan Pralines
Orange Slice-Date Nut Cake
2 Cups sugar
1 Cup margarine
Add and mix well (one at a time)
2 Boxes dates, chopped
1 Cups buttermilk
Put in bowl together, mix with fork
4 Cups flour
1 Teaspoon soda
1 Teaspoon salt
Add to sugar-butter mixture, along
with dates and orange slices
3 Cups sugar
1 Cup buttermilk
3 Tablespoon white corn syrup
1 Teaspoon baking soda
3 Teaspoon salt
Combine in large pan. Cook without
stirring to 1500 on candy thermometer.
Add / stick butter, stir, then cook on
medium heat to soft ball stage, on candy
thermometer (2360). Remove from heat,
add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat with spoon
until it just begins to thicken. Add 2 to
3 cups broken pecans. Drop by tea-
spoonsful onto wax paper.
Shrimp Toasts (Ya Do Shi)
1 Pound minced uncooked shrimp
'2 Cup finely chopped onion
1 Tablespoon minced green pepper
1 Egg slightly beaten
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 Teaspoon salt
32 Teaspoon sugar
4 Teaspoon pepper
Mix together and spread on bread
squares with fork. Press down so it does
not come off during frying.
Trim crusts from loaf of "heavy"
bread. Cut slices in 4 squares. Allow to
"dry out" but not get "hard."
After shrimp mixture is on bread,
sprinkle bread crumbs on top, then fry
(shrimp down first) in hot oil (1-2 min-
utes). Then turn and fry bread side
down. Remove to paper towels and
gently pat tops with paper towel to
remove excess oil.
(Freeze or store in refrigerator. Re-
heat in 325 oven 15-20 minutes just
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW 23
is the town
By Dolores E. Suisman
TO A CANAL OLDTIMER, IT'S
just the little park in front of the
clubhouse. To a Canal history buff, it's
a tribute to John F. Stevens. To every-
one else, Canal Zone residents and tour-
ists alike, it's a colorful mini bazar of
local arts and crafts.
Officially, it's called Stevens Circle,
in honer of the outstanding engineer
and able administrator who is credited
with getting the Canal construction pro-
ject on the right track.
But it's not really a circle anymore.
And it's not square. though over the
years it has been called Town Square.
along with such other names as Club-
house Plaza, Balboa Park, Balboa Cir-
cle and Balboa Traffic Circle.
The little park between the post office
and the commissary has seen its share
of history. As far as anyone can re-
member, it has existed from the time
the townsite of Balboa came into being
as permanent headquarters for the
Canal organization in 1912.
It was there before they built the
original Balboa Clubhouse which was
torn down in 1973 to make way for the
modern cafeteria that now faces the
circle. A long-retired schoolteacher
sharing her bench and her memories
with a stranger said at the time: "I sat
right here and watched them put up
that clubhouse, and nosw I'm sitting
heres watching them tear it down."
Aside from its benches, the original
little park was as different from the
Stevens Circle nf today as the old
wooden clubhouse building (moved in
1914 from the construction-day town-
A monument to John F. Sterens stands
in the middle of the Circle and in the
background is the Bolboo Post Offce.
site of Empire) was from its con-
crete-and-glass, air-conditioned modem
At the heart of Balboa townsite, on
the 1913 plans, was a square Clubhouse
Plaza. And, sure enough, the park
shown in a photograph of the 1919
Fourth of July celebration was square.
By 1939, the park had definitely
changed its image. It was now a cir-
cle, and according to one source, there
were "four beautiful trees in the park
across the street from the Balboa Club-
house that people sit under when the
weather permits." The same writer, ob-
jecting that "the young men about town
carry the benches and place them wher-
ever they desire especially around the
flagpole," suggested that "concrete seats
be built around each tree and also the
Perhaps his suggestion was taken, for
by the 1960's there were not only flag-
pole and mahogany trees, hut also con-
crete benches, concrete planters, and
Many of the handicrafts of Panarma
are on sale at Stevens' Circle but the
colorful molas made by the Cunas
and the green, amber, and blue bottles,
some of which date hack to Gold Rush
days or earlier, are among the
most popular items.
I_ I _
It was in 1962 that the circle acquired
its commemorative status. The little
park underwent a complete facelift in
preparation for the dedication cere-
monies that would officially name it in
honor of John F. Stevens.
Decorative lighting was installed,
and the middle of the park was raised
and walled with brick. There officials
unveiled with due pomp and ceremony,
a gleaming white three-sided memorial
bearing Goethal's tribute to the hard-
driving, gifted engineer who preceded
him: "The Canal is his monument."
One can imagine Stevens accepting
the memorial that bears his name. But
what would he make of the county fair
atmosphere that has changed Stevens
Circle from a proper little park into an
artsy-crafty miniature version of Paris'
It's hard to say just when the artists,
jewelry makers, metal workers, leather
workers, and artisans of all sorts de-
cided the park was an ideal place to
display and sell their wares.
First, non-profit organizations-the
G,-m and Mineral Society and Canal
ZIi- Bottle Collectors Association-
heldl their annual bazaar there. Scouts,
bonters for school ball teams, and
SchIirch groups held bake sales.
Thl-rn came people with plants, home-
made macram6 items, cookbooks-even
Itlt-r, if puppies or kittens-to set up
tI.i,lki. and attract shoppers wending
thier .. av from post office to commissary
It wasn't long before the non-profit
organizations were joined by merchants
of all types and Stevens Circle became
n riotous confusion of Cuna indian mo-
las, Colombian wall hangings, Costa
THE PANAMA CANAL. REVIEW 27
Rican rocking chairs, Mexican silver,
and even native birds and monkeys.
Early in 1977, Stevens Circle was
back on the drawing board-that of a
traffic engineer, this time-and the park
became neither a true circle nor a
square but a circle with three arms.
Vhile construction was in progress,
selling was not allowed. At that time,
it was decided to issue peddlers' licenses
only to artists or craftsmen who would
sell what they made.
Space was parceled out in the 125-
foot-in-diameter park-72 square feet of
ground or table space or 12 feet of wall
space per "peddler." Some semblance
of order was restored, and with brows-
ing room available again, the circle be-
came a popular stop for shoppers look-
ing for an unusual or last minute gift.
One wanders past and around the
great variety of handicrafts. Wrought
iron plant stands, leather sandals, gifig-
ham beach hats, belts with silver
buckles, leather dice cups, flower pots,
soapstone animals, purses, pillows,
carved-out coins, molas, bateas, oil rub-
bings, and jewelry of every kind-coral,
jade, tiger eve or bone pins, bracelets,
necklaces, charms and rings.
One begins to wonder who these
handicraft "peddlers" are.
Only two other people were selling
in the circle in 1973, when Ken Myers
moved his artwork from the commis-
sar steps to the park. One was a Cuna
indian, he remembers.
Now the Cuna make up the largest
contingent of the circle's merchants.
One, Alberto Andreve, savs he sells 50
or more molas a month. But he quickly
adds that it takes a woman back on
the San Bias islands 3 months to make
Fulvia Rodriguez, who is not a Cuna
but the daughter of missionary parents,
grew up on the island of Alligandi and
learned the art of making molas. Now
she sits in the park stitching special or-
ders. A recent one carried the legend
"Don Balboa High School" and an
outline of the school.
An Ecuadorian, Jos6 Antonio Tiban,
travels each Sunday to market places
in the interior, seeking out the soap-
stone figures, clay flower pots and other
native crafts that he and his daughter
sell in the circle.
Probably the best-known peddlers
are Ken Myers and Chrisse Harawaka.
As Stevens Circle oldtimers, thev hold
seven-day-a-week licenses. Their fellow-
peddlers are allowed space only 2 days
Ken studied art and jewelry-making
at Canal Zone College before attempt-
ing the oil rubbings that have become
so popular. To make these exotic art
works, Myers stretches a piece of cloth
over sculptured stones from Panama,
Guatemala and Mexico, and daubs oil
paint gently over the surface until the
high spots mark the cloth. He likens
the technique to putting a piece of
paper over a quarter and pencil-shading
until the image of the coin appears.
Steven Circle won't hold Ken much
longer. After an exhibition in Panama,
he plans to go to art school in Califor-
nia and then perhaps fulfill his dream:
to create a wall-sized oil rubbing.
Even those who don't know her name
recognize the little blond in the straw
hat who sits in the place of honor at
the foot of the Prado.
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Chrisse Harawaka already had her
art degree when she arrived in Pan-
ama from Delaware for a vacation that
included a side trip to the San Bias
Islands. On that trip to the islands she
met the Canal Zone boy she would re-
turn to marry a year later. She and her
husband, an Army employee, have lived
in Panama ever since. Both learned the
"lost wax" process from former Canal
Zone resident and huaca expert Neville
Chrisse makes the huacas herself.
She also designs and makes necklaces.
Today, Chrisse and Kent set out their
displays on what was a great sea of
mud when John F. Stevens left the
Isthmus in 1907. As hard as it would
be for these young, vital artists to en-
vision the starkness of the Canal Zone
Stevens knew, it surely would be more
difficult for the Canal builder to under-
tlinrd ihe carnival atmosphere of that
part of the Zone dedicated to him. But
then again, in his day it was mostly hard
work and there were very few amen-
ities other than those provided at the
clubhouses run by the YMCA.
Few of the shoppers and probably
fewer of the peddlers one sees at the
circle today fully realize the merits of
the man for whom it was named. It
was dedicated in his honor on October
13, 1962, which coincidentally was a
S:turd.i\ and is now the dav the ped-
ller ltrrn out en masse.
\\hen he resigned as chief engineer
of the Canal construction project in
1907 he-and everyone else-was full
convinced that the success of the under-
taking was assured.
Ten thousand people turned out to
eive him the biggest send-off the Canal
Zone had ever witnessed.
At left: This sketch of Stevens' Circle,
by Mai. Jerry Fields, of the U.S. Army,
is among the many works of art
available at the Circle.
At top: Particularly popular with nostalgia
minded local shoppers are plaques and
pen sets fashioned by Steve Bolt from
Panama Railroad rails and spikes.
Above: Unique necklaces created from
shells, coins, shark's teeth and other
native materials are offered by
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
~ ;r .
By W'illie K. Friar
F EW PEOPLE VIEWING THE
blue Preen waters of Gat-in Lake
,or Madden Lake ,ire asare that Gutun
In not iIst I com enient part of the
valterma\ across the Isthmus or that
ladderi is not merely a readily\ acce- .
sille recreation area
Actually CGaturn and] Madden Lake'.
are lital parts of the operation of the
Panama Canal The waterr for lockages.
hydroelectric po.,er, and for the water
systems of the Canal Zone and the ci.
ties of Panama and Colorn i supplied b\
runoff from the C.atin Lake v atershed
with Madder and Gaturi Lakes sen -
ini as storage and flood control facili -
Most of this watershed of 1.259
1qiuare nmils on shich the maintenance"
and the purity of the lakes depend lies
in the Republic of Panama
At present, the conserx aton of forest
resources and the protection of the
watershed are se\erelv hindered bh the
rapid ard alarming population group th
in the marginal urban areas of the cities
of Panamia and Colon. the mo ement of
unskilled labor from the interior to the
-ities. the high rate of unemplo% merit
.Ind c.nntrilr al ,piralin. irflationr. Co(o -
,t.-iiit Iiu riiin during the dc- season to
prepare land for small agncgiltuiral
efforts or for pasture land has decimated
rniich of the forest tirhin the C,atun
Lake %Uaterhed As soon as the trees are
rem.n- ed. the tropical solls. which h slip.
port the piingle tros th. qmickl\ dn out
fron, e\posiisre ti(( the intense sun and
are .erv sijsceptil'le to 'heet. iull\ .inid
iMo-t of the vwesterri parts of the
Republic of Panama have been e\tenr
siel\ deforested while the forest areas
of the Canal Zone. in companson. re-
main relati\el\ undisturbed due to the
restrictions or. accesss Iby the uiiblic ti
the Canal Zone watershed and militant
areas From a helicopter. the Canal
Zone appearN a, a. carefiill\ consened
island of forest i, the midst of .a en-
cr.ill\ cleared country side.
Nevertheless such aIctin.tie t, i mle'
. uttin slashh-ard -burrn agriculture. arnd
tree poaching for lumber remain a
conrstarnt problem in the Canal Zone
Although fires hate little effect on the
iintouched tropical forest 'here no cut-
ting has beer, permitted, the edges of the
inrIgle ire uiliner.ibl-' to repeated burr.
ing, during the dr\ nmi.rirh .h and the
forest gradually\ retreats until inl\ jan -
grass ar d i their unrde.ir.hble crase,
ciinliniue to $i(o'. Thi, process c.in lii
,,h,-r'ed b\ .rin\%ne dr. in: through
the Madder Forest Preser e As so.iii
.is ine leaves the protected area. there
are onl\ say grass and large patches of
expoi"ed briCht red si.il % ith Irenr- if4
( nitinued erosion
The tropical forest. once invaded and
destro-ed. does not recoer as man\
people believe A dense nirigle .ro',A th
does beiin immediately. bt it is orl\
cnirbbv, stunted egietatiron and not the
same aj; the -.ld forest .' ith the largR
sturdy branches a.n.] the lish gror '.th of
lea \es and bromeliad.;. Lhich are typical
of 'en old trees Actuall\. the process
of regroup Lh iN so slo,' that. fi.r all prac-
tical piirpones once the iangle forest iN
destroyed it is abandoned perm.inentlh
i\ the native animals and birds
The value of the forested areas of th,
Canal Zone cannot be overestimated
.At h'It tatornt. itsc.ne rtith
p/h.t...*Tra.,rTi si thli r. at.rfull- I. Jiad.
t- hn ir.ar tlra at pass.i through
the. Madder Fore it Pr. s.rt
B.low' The. terdaut tropical Jorcit car,
h s* i iclos-ip from thi hllhua'j uhich
ruts throne gh Madd.n For.-
flft.k$ 1 Y
THE PA.AMs CANAL REVIE\.'
From a helicopter, erosion caused by slash-and-burn agricultural methods is readily apparent as in this section of Madden Forest.
Below: Corn grows in an area of Madden Forest which has been cleared by subsistence farmers who burned the trees.
OCEANGOING COMMERCIAL TRANSITS BY NATIONALITY
British__ _.---.- ____-.-----
Cuban__ ______. ____________
Ecuadorian-- --_--_--- __
French ------_---- ----
German, West __ ________
Italian --_ ----
Liberian______ ____ _
Netherlands ---__ _-------_
Peruvian -----_-- ---_______-
Polish --- _--... -__
South Korean ________
Soviet ____ -- __ _
Spanish ---__---_--_______-- ---
Swedish --- ------__---.
United States------ -----____
Yugoslavian ---.--- __-_
All other---- --- __
9 Months FY 1978
No. of Tons
9 Months FY 1977
No. of Tons
OCEANGOING COMMERCIAL TRANSITS
OVER PRINCIPAL TRADE ROUTES
East Coast United States-Asia -- ---------- ___
East Coast United States-West Coast South America _______-
Europe-West Coast South America----- ----
East Coast United States-West Coast Central America --_---
Europe-West Coast United States/Canada -------------
South American Intercoastal___ ______________
U.S. Intercoastal (including Alaska and Hawaii) ---- _
East Coast United States/Canada-Oceania__ --- --------
Europe-Oceania -------------- _____
East Coast Canada-Asia- ____--- ___- ____
All other-__- __---------------------
OCEANGOING COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC BY MONTHS
Tolls (In thousands
Tronsits of dollars)l
October --- ----------_--_ --
April ------ ---
FY 1978 FY 1977 FY 1978
1 Before deduction of any operating expenses.
Statistics compiled by Executive Planning Staff.
PANAMA CANAL TRAFFIC
Commercial _-----_.. 9,354 8,922
U.S. Government --..-- 70 63
Free ----------------_ 4 10
Total_--___ 9,428 8,995
Commercial $142,087,840 $122,061,026
ment .__. 653,236 606,975
Total $142,741,076 $122,668,001
Commercial_ 102,586,573 92,590,663
ment___. 237,262 169,444
Total 102,823,835 92,760,107
lIncludes tolls on all vessels, oceangoing
2Cargo figures are in long tons.
Statistics compiled by Executive Plan-
It is the most extensive, readily accesi-
ble humid forest available for ecological
study in all of Central America, in ad-
dition to protecting the watershed of
the Canal. The continued preservation
of the forest and the watershed are such
important elements of the environment
that they have been made a part of the
new treaty between the United States
and the Republic of Panama.
However, despite careful patroling
of the forested areas in the Zone, dur-
ing the past few years a significant in-
crease of forest degradation and slash-
and-bur type agriculture activities
have been observed along the common
Canal Zone/Republic of Panama border
and throughout the watershed. Most of
the encroachment and deforestation
presently occurring in this area is done
by small groups of subsistence farmers,
most of whom are engaged in growing
corn and rice. They live near the Canal
Zone border or have settled inside the
boundary and are cutting down the
trees and burning vegetation to clear
land for farming.
The trees and various types of natural
vegetation, which give the tropical
landscape its originality, have a chance
to survive on the Isthmus only in pre-
serves and protected areas inside the
Canal Zone, such as Pipeline Road,
Madden Forest, and Ancon Hill.
The successful establishment of a
working relationship for bilateral par-
ticipation and action to protect the
Canal watershed is of great importance
to the Government of Panama since
most of the forested areas within the
present Canal Zone will in the future be
under its control. Most of the forested
areas will become a part of any resource
conservation program established by
Panama in its long term development
TIE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW 33
PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES SHIPPED THROUGH THE CANAL
(in long tons)
Atlantic to Pacific
Petroleum and products ----------
Corn _-- - -- ---
Coal and coke---------- --
Soybeans------------- -------- ----- --
Phosphate ----- --- ----
Wheat -------- ----
Sorghum ---- -------------
Chemicals and petroleum chemicals -- -----
.Manufactures of iron and steel ---
Ammonium compounds __---------------------
Caustic soda _---------------------------
All other- ---- ----
Pacific to Atlantic
Commodity FY 1978
Petroleum and products ------ 19,966,480
Manufactures of iron and steel --------- 5,525,362
Lumber and products -------- 3,819,331
Ores, various---------------------- ---- 3,582,732
Sugar__ ___--------------- 1,966,913
Coal and coke ----------------- -- -- 1,468,033
Food in refrigeration (excluding bananas)_ ----- 1,411,546
Bananas__-------- --_- ------------ 1,247,952
Wood pulp ---------------- 1,240,677
Metals, various__-------------- 1,012,545
Wheat -------------- 880,221
Autos, trucks, and accessories ----- ---------- 862,773
Sulfur --------------------------------------- 839,190
Molasses ----------------- 571,182
Paper and paper products------------- 546,360
All other - ----- ------- 8,442,535
Total _----------- -------- 53,383,832
CANAL TRANSITS-COMMERCIAL AND U.S. GOVERNMENT
9 Months FY 1978
Pacific Atlantic Total
4,731 4,623 9,354
382 219 601
5,113 4,842 9,955
----- 5,227 4,937 10,164 9,822
strategy to protect the qualih of the
A plan of action has beer set up to
eliminate slash-and-burn type .icrlciil-
ture during the next 12 rr.,riths. The
implementation of this plan 'A.%ild
establish basic guidelines ,hic:h the
Government of Panama wil! be able to
continue when these forest iarea. :come
under its control after the ne'.% treat\
between the United States and Pa.inrrm
goes into effect. With the finaricial as-
sistance, technical training ;an i.nstitli-
tional buildup that the proposed U.S
AID (Agency for International De el-
opment) watershed managerrentri pr...
ject is to provide Panama's Renr,-:aIlle
Natural Resources Conservatio:n A genic
(RENARE), the Government :of Pn-
ama will be able to play a stronri, role
in conserving natural resources
A biological crossroads of North ind
South America containing plants arnd
animals from both continents. Panama
is considered by some scientists to be
the most biologically diverse i:,ountrv in
the world for its size. Here one :ian
find within a small easily iac.es-sible
area, an enormous variety of plant.
bird, and animal life; but c,:nserv.jtli.:
of this unique environment is becoming
a more and more difficult problem as
man's impact on the limited natural
forest resources becomes increasingly
The areas that have been the most
adversely affected by slash-and-bur
agriculture are the Chiva-Chiva area,
Madden Forest Preserve, the norithe': st
bank of the Canal along Pipelnc Road
(well-known as a bird and animal sanc-
tuary), and the west bank of the Canal.
Plans for the future include increased
aerial and ground surveillance, and
strengthened communication with the
Government of Panama. Also planned is
an increased joint educational campaign
using the Panama radio, television and
news media to stress the importance of
preservation of the natural resources of
Christmas on the Isthmus means colorful
molas with holiday motifs made by
the Cuna Indians. The one at right, an
intricately stitched horn of plenty,
is one of the favorite designs.
1 Vessels under 300 net tons. Panama Canal measurement, or under 500 displacement tons.
Statistics compiled b,) the Executive Planning Staff.
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