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Canal Review" in its present size-the last issue in this size.
Beginning with the August issue, the format-The Review's size
and appearance-will be changed. The new size, 8 by 11% inches, is
almost the same as that of Time and Newsweek magazines and is
more or less standard for publications in the house-organ group.
The appearance will be improved by the use of color and by a make-
up more typical of magazine rather than newspaper style. A heavier
quality paper will be used to make The Review easier to handle and
to read. The contents, generally, will be the same, and, the staff hopes,
more attractively presented.
The Review is midway in its tenth year of publication. It was issued
as a quarterly from May 1950, through August 1951, when it-became
a monthly publication. Color has been issued in several issues since it
appeared for the first time in the May 1954 issue. Full-page picture
covers were instituted in April 1957.
During the nine-and-a-half years of its publication, The Review
has commemorated several notable events by special issues. These in-
clude: The 50th anniversary of the beginning of Canal construction,
the dedication of the Goethals Memorial, the 100th anniversary of the
Panama Railroad, the 75th anniversary of Gorgas Hospital, and the
Roosevelt Centennial celebration.
The August issue ill be a 24-page number. In addition, it will have
a four-page supplement containing the organization directory, an an-
Effective with the next issue, renewal subscriptions will be accepted
to end only with the close of the fiscal or calendar year. Individual no-
tices of this change and the reason why it is being made have been sent
to all subscribers. New subscriptions will be accepted for one year at
W. E. POTTER, Governor-President BAIQ-. J. RUFUS HARDY, Editor
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Ten-ton boulders are all in the day's work for the great shovels working on the side of Contractors Hill overlooking the Canal.
of earth is big part of Cut-widening project
"Every day the looks of things change around here,"
a longtime Zonian said the other day as he stood on the
brink of Contractors Hill. Not far away, but well back
from the edge of the hill, giant steam shovels tossed
10-ton boulders around as though they were marbles,
and trucks, loaded to capacity, maneuvered along roads
which had not been there a few weeks before.
Far below, one ship followed another in a steady
stream through the narrow Cut. That steady stream,
already far greater than anyone forecast, is the main
reason why Contractors Hill is again being terraced
back and over a mile of the narrowest reaches in Gail-
lard Cut is being widened.
The Cut-widening job, under contract to the Merritt-
Chapman & Scott Corporation of Panama, is the largest
contract, dollarwise, since the Third Locks project early
in the 1940's. The $7,363,675 project means the removal
of approximately 5,400,000 cubic yards of material by
dry excavation; all drilling and blasting for an ad-
ditional 3,000,000 cubic yards which will be removed
by the Painamai Canal Company's Dredging Division;
construction of a masonry spillway on the Rio Grande;
relocation of about half a mile of Borinquen Highway
It takes only a little rain to turn the site of the Cut-widening
job into a muddy mess which spatters both men and machinery.
July 3, 1959 THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW 3
Many of the men hired locally are getting invaluable
on-the-job training in such things as motor repairs.
Michael Esielonis, of Merritt-Chapman & Scott, center, discusses pro-
gress with Harry Pearl, left, and Harold Feeney of the Canal Company.
south of the Cucaracha Signal Station;
and demolition of the present signal
station and its reconstruction on Con-
The dry excavation is proceeding at
the rate of about 16,000 cubic yards a
day and is ahead of schedule. By the
first of July, the Merrntt-Chapinan &
Scott forces had removed about half a
million cubic yards of material, approx-
imately an eleventh of that which will
have to be moved. Completion date for
the entire job is March 4, 1961.
G. G. Werner, Jr., Merritt-Chapman
& Scott vice president in charge of heavy
construction, signed the contract for
the work the middle of February. By
March 9, the first of the contractor's
key-men were on the Isthmus. Actual
excavation was started April 21.
At first the contractor had an office in
the old SED Building at Diablo Heights.
Within a few weeks, however, the forces
moved to a field office on Contractors
Hill where they had built their shops, a
compressor shed, dispensary, and store-
houses. Their two explosives magazines
and a cap storehouse are half a mile
away, for safety's sake.
Most of the equipment, which in-
cludes such mammoth gear as 2 six-yard
shovels, 2 four-yard shovels, a 25-ton
motor crane, 24 18-cubic yard trucks,
and 8 bulldozers, as well as an ambu-
lance and a workboat which now ferries
the force across the Canal each day, was
shipped to the Isthmus by Panama Line.
During the rainy season, the con-
tractor is concentrating on rock-drilling
and removal of the great boulders which
are torn up by the dynamite charges.
Most of this work is going on at Con-
tractors Hill where the wide terraces
constructed by Tecon three years ago
are being made even wider and shall-
ower. For this part of the work Merritt-
Chapman & Scott are using percussion
type drills, rather than the more usual
rotary drills. When the rainy season
ends, the excavation teams will con-
centrate on the removal of dry earth.
Under contract with Merritt-Chap-
A bank of six electric-powered compressors provides compressed air to machines on
the job. Miguel Angel Quintero is being trained to handle maintenance on the 6 units.
As the drill bites deeper into the rock,
dust boils up like steam around its crew.
4 THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
July 3, 1959
Shops built by the contractor right on the job-site can handle Anna Teresa Castro, one of three nurses who provide profes-
repairs to any of the equipment working on the big project., sional care, checks James Robinson who sprained an ankle.
man & Scott, the Selby Drilling Com-
pany, of Boise, Idaho, is doing the blast-
ing and drilling below the 95-foot level.
This part of the job is known, on the
contractor's plans, as Zone 2 and is the
section where the Dredging Division
will do the actual excavation.
Key personnel for the job are all ex-
perienced construction men. The pro-
ject manager for the contractor is Mi-
chael Esielonis; Robert Ellingsen is
project engineer. Other key-men include
Arnold Goodman, office manager; Char-
les Severance, equipment superinten-
dent; Frank Earley, drilling superinten-
dent; and Vernard Woolstenhulme, gen-
eral superintendent. The Panama Can-
al Company has a corps of inspectors
on hand, headed by Charles McG.
Brandl as project engineer.
Other than the key-men, all of the
contractors force were hired locally. Ap-
proximately 150 men are on the day
shift and 50 on the night shift. Many of
them are getting on-the-job training for
the specialized work they are doing.
It takes three scoops of the six-yard shovels, like this above, to fill one of the 18-ton
dump trucks which are hauling away spoil at the rate of 16,000 cubic yards daily.
Benito Larrinaga, right, who was a water-boy in the Cut during construction
days, talks things over with Vernard Woolstenhulme of the contractor's force.
July 3, 1959 THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
The giant shovel actually is perched on a broad berm but
from the Canal it seems to be in a precarious position.
Many new projects are now in
A large group of Panama Canal representatives, including Lt. Gov. John D. McElheny,
left foreground, attended the bid opening on the bridge substructure last month.
While over $20,000,000 were obli-
gated in contracts during the past fiscal
year by the Panama Canal Company for
projects ranging from the widening of
Gaillar Cut and the work on the Bal-
boa high-level bridge to such compara-
tively minor items as small reroofing and
fencing jobs, many more millions are to
be spent this fiscal year on construction
and maintenance work.
Major among these will be co-.tr.L-Ls
for the superstructure of the bridge, for
construction of new housing and for
three new Pacific side schools.
Aside from actual construction work,
planning is also going on for future pro-
jects, some for this fiscal year, others for
the following year. Three design con-
tracts have recently been negotiated for
projects scheduled for the near future,
each of which is a bit out of the usual
The three design contracts are: Pre-
paring a report and recommendations
for the control of corrosion on some-of
the Canal's largest metal structures, air
conditioning of several large office build-
ings, and an electron ic system to relay
rain and flood-stage data from field
stations to a central location.
A co-npanvy which its president Wil-
liam H. D. Hiichman, calls 'electro-
chemical detectives," has been retained
to study what means of corrosion cnii-
tiol ma% be effective in the Can.l- Zone.
The comparing is the Hinchman Corpora-
tion of Detroit, leaders in the field of
corrosion control. Mr. Hinchmian, who
serves as chairman of the corporation's
board as %well as its president, and J. D.
Ghesquiere, vice-president in charge of
engineering, spent several days here
last month at the time the study contract
The study will be concentrated on the
largest metal structures in the Canal
Zone-the Locks and the tank farms-
and what can be done to protect them
from the corroding effects of salt water
and moisture. The engineers will also
look into the problem of corrosion on
underground and underwater facilities,
such as cable communications.
A preliminary report of the study on
the locks is due 90 days after the work
begins: the study on the tank fal ms will
not be completed for six months.
A likely solution to the Canal Zone's
corrosion problem is cathodic protection.
This in\ olives the sacrifice of one metal
to protect another from corrosion due to
stray electric currents. It was likened
recently by Coronet Magazine to the
I active of villagers in a tiger-infested
country staking out a goat to satisfy the
tiger's appetite and divert his attention
from the village children.
Chlmicial engineers and metallurgists
from the Hinchman Corporation are
due here soon to do the necessary field
work. The Hinchman Corporation also
expects to use well-known consultants
on this job.
In addition to the design and con-
sultant services offered by the Hinch-
man Corporation-it does not install cor-
rosion controls-the company also op-
erates a school in Detroit where it offers
four-week courses in cathodic protec-
tion. The Panama Canal Company's En-
gineering & Construction Bureau plans
to send two engineers to take this course
later this year.
The contract to design air-condition-
ing systems for several of the large office
buildings in the Canal Zone was discus-
sed with the Miami firm of R. L. Duffer
& Associates, the firm which designed
the air conditioning system for the Ad-
ministration Building at Balboa Heights.
PERSONNEL CHANGES bring new faces to
Departures, arrivals, reassignments.
and the annual influx of interns and
residents have brought about numerous
changes in Health Bureau personnel af-
fecting the staffs of Gorgas. Corozal,
and Coco Solo Hospitals.
At Gorgas, there % ere several changes
in staff personnel as well as the annual
change in the intern roster. Both Coco
Solo and Corozal Hospitals have or will
soon have new supei intendeiits.
Dr. Bernard L. \\illett. who has been
Chief of the General Surgical Section
since 1955. left the Canal Zone June 15
to join the staff of the Memorial Hospi-
tal in New York City. Dr. \\'illett is a
native of New ton. Mass., and is a grad-
uate of Brown Universit\ He took his
medical degree in Boston College and
his internship at Boston City Hospital.
Before coming to the Isthmus, he was
with the Rosengard Clinic in South
Walter P. Allen, Assistant Director of
Gorgas Hospital, left the Isthmus June
20 for New York. He arrived here in
1957 from Springfield. Ohio, as the first
layman ever to hold the post of Assistant
Director. A native of Rochestei. N. Y.,
he holds degrees fiom the Univelsith
of Rochester and the University of \\Ws-
consin and has a graduate degree in
Hospital Administation from the Uni-
versity of Chicago.
Scheduled to leave the Canal Zone in
August is Maj. Robert L. Hughes. Pro-
fessional Training Officer at Gorgas,
who is being transferred to Governors
Island in New York where he \ ill serve
with Col Howard Wv. Doan former Su-
perintendent of Corgas Hospital
He will be succeeded here by Lt. Col.
Dee C. Buchanan, who is to arrive in
the Canal Zone August 11 from Boston
where he has been attending the Grad-
uate School of Business Administration
at Harvard University. Colonel Buch-
anan, a native of Baltimore, Md., is a
graduate of the University of Illinois
and the University of Maryland. He
served in the Pacific Theater during
W\'orld War H and has been stationed in
Japan and Korea.
Another Gorgas Hospital phlisician
to leave in June was Capt. Charles W.
Hard ick who has been attached to the
General Medical Staff at Gorgas since
1957. He is a native of Slocum, Ala.,
and a graduate of the Universit\ of
Alabama Medical College.
An addition to the Gorgas staff is
Capt. Robert Legge, USN, who is being
transferred from the post of Medical Of-
ficer for the 15th Naval District to Gor-
gas Hospital as a staff member of the
At Coco Solo Hospital there was a
change in superintendents with the de-
parture of Maj. Bruno Eisen. He will go
to the Walter Reed Army Institute of
6 THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
July 3, 1959
The contract covers the design of a
central air conditioning unit for four
buildings in Ancon and individual sys-
tems for three other large buildings.
To be air conditioned from the cen-
tral unit are the two Personnel Buildings
formerly occupied by the Ancon Com-
missary, the building now housing the
Treasury Branch and the Ancon Dental
Clinic, and the building which was for-
merly the Ancon Clubhouse and is now
occupied by the Payroll Branch.
The system would be installed over
a two-year period. The Payroll Branch
is scheduled for air conditioning this
year; the others would not be air con-
ditioned until fiscal year 1961.
The other office buildings for which
the Miami firm will design air-condi-
tioning systems are the office of the Sup-
ply Division in the Balboa Industrial
Area, the Coco Solo Retail Store, and
the Cristobal Terminal Building.
In addition to the air conditioning,
the Payroll and Treasury Branch Build-
ings and the Cristobal Terminal Build-
ing are to have dropped ceilings and
Another design contract, although not
a new one, is that for the telemetering
of rainfall and river-stage data. This sys-
tem, which involves electronic reporting
of data from stations in the field directly
to the Central Hydrographic Office, is
being designed by Gibbs & Hill, the New
York firm which recently completed the
design of a microwave communications
system to supplement telephone cable
*communication across the Isthmus.
The data obtained through the tele-
metering will be coordinated in a central
office to insure more efficient control
over flood-control facilities such as those
at Madden and Gatun Dams. The re-
servoirs can be controlled to provide the
maximum amount of water for shipping
and for hydroelectric power.
Research in Washington, D. C. Until
the arrival of Lt. Col. Ralph E. Conant
who is being transferred from Fort Mc-
Pherson, Ga., Lt. Col. Wilber R. Whit-
sell, Jr., will act as Superintendent.
Capt. Charles F. Abildgaard, pedi-
atrician at Coco Solo, is to be discharged
from regular service with the U. S.
Army but is being reemployed as a ci-
vilian in his present position at Coco
Solo Hospital. His wife, Dr. Helen Kle-
vickis Abildgaard, is also employed at
Coco Solo as a physician in the Out-
At Corozal, Lt. Col. Arthur L. Hessin
succeeded Lt. Col. John G. Higgins as
Superintendent. Colonel Higgins, who
had been in the Canal Zone since 1954,
left in June for Brooke Army Hospital
in San Antonio, Tex. Colonel Hessin
came to the Canal Zone from Fort
Bragg, N. C., and is a native of Canada.
July 3, 1959
BIG TENT. Termite-proofing, a difficult if not almost impossible
task a few years ago, is now considered effective when the termites
are killed by gas in a building completely encased in a nylon, plastic-
covered tent. A job of this kind was recently completed on the second
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floor of the Coco Solo Retail Store, the first Panama Canal building
to undergo the modern treatment for killing the stubborn dry-wood
This project was carried out by H. I. Homa Company of Balboa in
connection with the Agricultural Development Corporation. The job
was handled as a sub-contract for Wright Brothers of Colon, con-
tractor for the renovation of the second floor of the retail store.
The part of the structure to be treated was first covered with nylon
tarpaulins, each 40 by 60 feet in dimension. All openings were sealed,
and for 24 hours a strong methyl bromide gas was released under the
The Homa Company has successfully killed dry-wood termites by
this method in a number of buildings owned by the Army and Navy
in the Canal Zone.
SERVICE CENTER. With the closing of the Cristobal Retail Store
and the Cristobal gasoline station, the Cristobal Service Center is
one of the last public facilities in the Old Cristobal area. Housed in
a concrete building which was at one time the Cristobal restaurant,
the Service Center will continue in operation between the hours of
6 a. m. and 2 p. m. daily. The theater, a wooden addition to the res-
taurant building, has been closed for the past year and these facilities
moved to Coco Solo. The theater building itself probably will be
demolished in the near future.
ROTC COMMANDANT. Maj. Thomas E. Bruskotter, new Profes-
sor of Military Science and Training for the Canal Zone schools, and
as such head of the Junior ROTC cadre, is due here this month to
assume his new post. Major Bruskotter is a paratrooper and has seen
combat service in both World War II and the Korean War. He comes
to the Canal Zone from Fort Campbell, Ky. The new ROTC com-
mandant succeeds Maj. Robert Stokes who left last month for his new
station at the Fifth Army Headquarters in Chicago.
DOG VACCINATION. The annual vaccination of Canal Zone dogs
against rabies and the annual registration of these animals will begin
next week. A team from the Health Bureau, consisting of a veteri-
narian and an assistant, and a representative from the License Section
of the Civil Affairs Bureau will start operations Monday at Margarita.
The schedule for the team, showing the dates, towns and places,
follows: July 6, North Elementary School, Margarita; July 9, Mount
Hope Stadium, for residents of Rainbow City; July 10, Coco Solo
Elementary School; July 13, Gatun Fire Station.
On the Pacific side, the schedule will be: July 16, Old Aids to Na-
vigation Building, Gamboa; July 17, Paraiso Scout Shack; and July
20 and July 23, Balboa High School porte cochere.
Atlantic side yachtsmen
do their sailing in BLUE WATER
Climbing the riggin' just like pappy used to do is a part-
time occupation for a large number of Atlantic side small
fry whose parents own small boats. Because the wide open
Caribbean is just a stone's throw from the Panama Canal
Yacht Club at Cristobal and the Coco Solo yacht basin, most
of the small boats owned by Atlantic side employees spend a
fair amount of time sailing over the bounding main and pap-
py sometimes needs help from the whole family.
The Yacht Club at Cristobal, one of the oldest on the
Isthmus, has a large social membership in addition to scores
of devoted yachtmen who have not only built their own boats
but who sail out the Cristobal breakwater any time they have
a chance. By actual count there are 35 boats in the water
there and 5 building. They range from good sized sailing
yachts to small outboard motor skiffs which skim the bay at
At Coco Solo, where a yacht basin was opened only two
months ago, members spend much of their time in the spa-
S- i- cious hobby shop where there are several small craft on the
ways. Among them are snappy kit jobs, such as "Blue Boy"
built by John Huson of the Electrical Division, and the 20-
foot "Maty" being constructed by Dennis Fernandez, of Coco
The sea is seven miles away from the Gatun Tarpon Club
but the members say that most of their homemade craft are
quite seaworthy. They are used mostly, however, to travel
up and down the Chagres River where their owners spend
The Cristobal yacht club's piers are a favorite fishing spot for many a happy hour fishing for one of the most famous of all
young anglers. The yacht club is seen in the background. a happy
game fish-the tarpon.
(This is the second of a series of pictures stories on small boating in
the Canal Zone. The third will appear in a future issue.)
A & Boats tied up at the pier make a pretty picture from the terrace of the Cristobal yacht club
Joan and Mike, the daughters of Cristobal
Commodore Jack Coffey, board their boat.
The spacious terrace of the Cristobal Club
is a popular gathering spot for boat owners.
8 THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
July 3, 1959
Charles Judge and his son look over the boat
which John Huson built from a do-it-yourself kit.
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A sleek racing boat speeding past a yacht anchored in Cristobal yacht basin
illustrates the variety and size of craft belonging to Cristobal boat fans.
arpon from these small boats.
At Coco Solo Dennis Fernandez builds his
outboard cruiser Mawy from a set of plans.
Steve Bowen of the Gatun Tarpon Club
makes the Corsair a home away from home.
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
uly 3, 1959
Fourth of July l gs
first day for NOW Flags
The 49-star flags are here. They will be hoisted to the top of
Canal Zone flagpoles for the first time July 4, the day authorized
by Congress for the inauguration of the new flag.
The Storehouse Branch has received some of the new flags,
which Vernon Kepford, Jr., and Lionel-Worrell are unpacking
in the picture at left. These will be flown at prominent places
on both sides of the Isthmus, such as the Administration Building
and the Go' eno "'s home. The old 48-star flags will continue to
fly in the Canal Zone and will be replaced only as they wear out.
-A law passed in 1818 states that when a new State is admitted
.' to the Union, another star must be placed in the flag the follow ing
July. Now that Alaska is a State a new star goes into the flag this
month, and with the admission of Hawaii, the 50th star will be
.lle added next July.
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His COFFEE BREAK lasts all day long
time limit to the coffee break David W. Haw- see that the coffee is free of any foreign odors and flavors.
every day-it's a day-long duty for him. Sometimes the aroma is all he needs as a clue to im-
to make sure your morning cup of coffee has purities. One time, he recalls, a faint odor in a coffee >..i r ph
d aroma that start the day right. He sees to it was enough to tell him that the coffee had been stored in
acaroma Blend, if that's what you like, or Tivoli a recently fumigated warehouse. This sample was, of course,
Iivoli fan. rejected, even though less educated coffee drinkers might
le could be spelled with an "e" or an "a." As never have detected any imperfection.
Coffee Roasting Plant at Mount Hope, he is a A burned nose and a scalded tongue are hazards of his
and, to be a tester, he must also be a taster. profession and he accepts them as part of the job.
lose and his educated palate smell and taste Mr. Hawthorne comes from St. Stephen, Canada. He has
and blends of coffee to see that they measurehas
and blends of coffee to see that they measure been with the Canal organization-and the Coffee Plant-
d-in quality, grades, and types-which means
uch of specially-selected coffees blended with for 21 years. The pictures below show how he tests and
of the highland-grown types. And he also must tastes coffee.
various kinds of coffee are carefully weighed The pungent smell of the freshly ground coffee spreads over
v ground in the small machine in thebackground. the room as each cup is filled to the top with boiling water.
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Breaking the surface with a spoon, the tester gives the cof- Each cup will be gi en the final test-tasting. It takes
fee the "nose" test. In this way foreign odors are detected, a very experienced taster to distinguish the many blends.
When a Canal Zone bride carries an especially handsome
handkerchief as the "something old" of her bridal outfit, it's
almost certain that the handkerchief was bnce her christening
cap. And it's almost as certain that the handkerchief cap
was the handiwork of Mrs. John De Young, above, of Ancon.
In the past half century, Mrs. De Young has made hundreds
of the little caps for the sons and daughters-and the grandsons
and granddaughters-of her friends. Each has become a
Mrs. De Young began what has become a fascinating hobby
when her son, Charles, now Gas Plant Production Inspector,
for the Storehouses, was a baby. Unable to find fine linen,.
she made him a baby cap by cutting up a man's handkerchief.
Then she wondered whether she couldn't get the same effect
by folding the handkerchief. After some experimenting, she
found that she could but that handkerchiefs in women's sizes
gave better results.
This led, naturally, to the use of the beautifully embroid-
ered handkerchiefs which are so abundant here on the Isth-
mus, and for many years she has used nothing but these.
Her only other materials are two yards of inch-wide satin rib-
bon for the rosettes and a yard of half-inch wide ribbon for
When the baby has finished with his cap-Mrs, De Young
warns that they won't fit babies older than six weeks-the
rosettes and ties and the basting stitches which hold them in shape
A bit bored by the whole thing,
Tamara Shirokov models the cap
Mrs. De Young made for her.
are easily removed and the caps again become handkerchiefs.
The handkerchief caps are designed for both boys and girls.
The boy's cap, reconverted to a handkerchief, is to be given
to his bride to be carried on her wedding day. The girl's cap,
turned again into a handkerchief, is to be carried on her high
school and college graduation days and on her wedding day.
With each cap are simple directions showing how to dis-
assemble it and how to remake it into a cap for a second-
Also accompanying each cap is a little verse, written by
,r' Mrs. De Young's daughter, Mrs. L. B. Sartain, and by Amy
- McCormick. The boy's verse says:
For you, Little Chap, is a handkerchief cap
To wear Christening Day-and you may
Give it to your bride, to carry with pride
As the "something old" thing for the day.
The verse which accompanies the baby girl's cap says:
May this beautiful handkerchief cap stay with you
On each milestone of your life,
Like the day on which you're christened,
Graduated, become a wife.
Mrs. De Young is the widow of John T. De Young who came
to the Canal Zone during the latter part of the Construction
Period to work with the Mechanical Division. She now makes
her home with her daughter, Mrs. Sartain, in Ancon. Another
daughter, Mrs. William Cunningham, lives in Balboa.
Ministers of all faiths plan
A non-denominational chapel for Gorgas Hospital,
the first of its kind in the Canal Zone hospitals, will soon
become a reality. No religious services are to be held
there and it will not replace the present mortuary
chapel. It will be, instead, a place for private devotions
and ministerial counselling.
Working together to plan the little chapel are the
three members of a Board of Voluntary Chaplains, re-
cently appointed by Col. Clark B. Meador, Gorgas Hos-
pital Director. They are: The Rev. William W. Bald-
win, of St. Andrew's Church in Cocoli; Rabbi Nathan
Witkin, of the Jewish Welfare Board; and the Rev.
Thomas Powers, C. M., of St. Mary's Mission in Balboa.
The chapel will be located on the Admitting Office
level in the Chest Building. The furniture and acces-
sories will be chosen and arranged by ordained min-
isters, priests, and rabbis. In addition to the chapel
proper, there will also be an adjacent waiting room for
the use of relatives of hospital patients who are under-
going surgery or who are critically ill, a chaplain's of-
fice, and counselling room.
While no official name has yet been chosen, members
July 3, 1959 THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW 11
tiny hospital chapel
of the board favor the name of All Faith Chapel, and
feel that it will fulfill a long-felt need for spiritual guid-
ance for relatives and friends of the hospital patients
and provide them with a quiet place for meditation
Rabbi Nathan Witkin, the Rev. Thomas Powers, and the Rev.
W. W. Baldwin talk over the little Gorgas Hospital chapel.
@1 1 0 11 SO
Six high school girls from the Pacific
side and 18 Atlantic side high school
girls have begun training at Corgas and
Coco Solo Hospitals for the Civil De-
fense Nurses Aide program.
The Pacific side girls are: Mary Cop-
penhaver, Sandra Davis, Joan Cornish.
Patricia Kell\. Jana Senn, and Charlotte
Before they were admitted to the hos-
pital training all of the girls had com-
pleted the American Red Cross First Aid
and Home Nursing courses. They also
attended a lecture series given by mem-
bers of the Gorgas Hospital staff. A
second group of Pacific side girls will
be qualified for the session to begin on
Mrs. Charlotte Kennedy has been
the instructor for the group. The Balboa
Lions Cluib is sponsoring the program
this )ear by providing the uniforms the
girls are using in the hospitals.
Three of the Atlantic side girls who
are taking hospital training at Coco Solo
Hospital have done similar work before.
They are: Louise Allgaier, Shirley Lit-
tleton, and CarolI n Peck.
The other 15 are: Carol Bruland,
Linda Eglinton, Andrea Grebien, Betsy
Hewitt, Elizabeth Limkemann, Lynne
Coffin, Joanne Tang, Bobbie Vache,
Anne McClelland, Mary E. Park, Betty
Payne, Hilda Saborio, Carol Seaman,
Mary R. McLeod, and Andrea Terrell.
This Civil Defense program, now in
its third year, has aroused considerable
interest among students of high school
age, especially those who are looking
forward to a career'in nursing.
VOLUNTEER CORPS MEETINGS
Date Town Place Hour
8 Rainbow City
9 Santa Cruz
6:30 p. m
8:00 o m.
School 7:30 p. m.
Serv. Center 9:oo a. m.
12 THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
For Your Interest And Guidance In Accident Prevention
Posters cautioning the men of the
Locks Di vision to %%ear their hard hats
and avoid accidents will soon be ap-
pearing on bulletin boards at all of the
The posters, and the advice they
contain, are based on the work of
George Robert Scheibe, grand prize
winner in the novel contest recently
concluded by the Locks Division for the
sons and daughters of its employees.
At six and a half, young George .
Robert is becoming an old hand at win-
ning safety poster contests. Last school
year, when he was a kindergartener at
Gatun, he won a gold medal in a Safety
Week poster contest.
As grand prize winner for the Locks Other winners, in the various age
contest, he won a trophy, suitably dub- groups are also shown in the accompa-
bed a "Safety Oscar." The other part of o nying photographs.
his prize will have to await his return Second from the top, at the left, is
from a vacation in the States. This will Thomas Micek, first-prize winner in the
be a day-long visit to the Locks with his 6-8 year age group. With him is his
father, George, who is a Locks Foreman sister.
at Gatun. Next below, about to attack an Es-
The grand prize winner appears at kimo pie which was part of the party
the top left, with his father as they after the award presentation, is Lorreta
boarded a towing locomotive at Pedro J. Thomas, first-prize winner in the 8-10
Miguel Locks following the presenta- group.
tion. At the right, George receives his At the bottom, left, is Patricia Ann
Oscar from Roy C. Stockham, Chief of Booth, winner of the first and second
the Locks Division. prizes in the 10-12 age groups.
MAY 1959 OISA---G
BUREAU FIRST AID DISABLING DAYS LOST YEAR
CASES INJURIES TO DATE
'59 '58 '59 '58 .59 '58
New York Operations..... (Honor Roll) 11 1 0 2 0 7 3 4
Supply&CommunityService---------- 31 50 0 2 0 484 1 4
CivilAffairs -------------------- 7 4 1 4 7 63 3 12
Health ---------------------- 17 14 1 1 4 23 7 3
Transportation & Terminals ...-------.. 50 47 2 1 9 4 15 6
Engineering & Construction ---...-..------.. 29 31 2 5 33 118 6 11
Marine ----------......................----------. (6)71 (255)307 3 (2)6 32 (61)129 (1)14 (11)26
Accident Pool ---.............-------------- 1 1 1 6000 1 1
C. Z. Govt.-Panama Canal Company. (6)219 (255)456 10 (2)22 86 (61)6828 (1)50 (11)67
() Locks Overhaul injuries included in total.
July 3, 1959
50 YEARS AGO
With the construction of the Canal
giadiua1, moving to its peak, the labor
force on the waterway was expanding.
On July 28, 1909, THE CANAL RE-
CORD reported, more men and women
-a total of 33,901-were at work than
at any time since the American forces
began the job. Of these, 26,938 were
on the rolls of the Isthmian Canal Com-
mission; 6,363 were employed by the
Panama Railroad; and the others were
The first bridge over Culebra Cut was
opened to the public 50 years ago this
month. Bunting draped the towers at
either end of the 600-foot suspension
span and the flags of the United States
and Panama hung over the bridge at its
center for the formal ceremony. The
primary purpose of the bridge was to
carry water and compressed air across
the Cut, thereby doing away with
moving the lines every time a steam-
shovel crossed their path.
Four men were killed and nine injured
seriously July 25, 1909, in a dynamite
explosion on the relocated section of
the railroad near Gatun. A locomotive,
coupling onto a flat car loaded with 550
cases of dynamite, jarred some of the
explosives off the car. While the dyna-
mite was being reloaded, several cases
25 YEARS AGO
Books closed the first of July, 25 years
ago this month, on Canal traffic which
was beginning to surge upward after
the depression days. Despite a long-
shoreman's strike on the West Coast as
the fiscal year ended, traffic for the
year totalled 5,532 ocean-going com-
mercial vessels, against 4,494 for the
previous fiscal year. Tolls, too, were up
-24,064,800 for Fiscal Year 1934 as
against $19,620,458 for the preceding
The highlight of the month, however,
was the visit of President Franklin Del-
ano Roosevelt, first of the United States
Chief Executives to transit the Panama
Canal or visit it after its completion.
Travelling aboard the cruiser "Houston"
and accompanied by his sons, John and
Franklin, the President arrived here the
morning of July 11.
As the Houston locked down at Mi-
raflores, a 21-gun salute was fired from
Fort Clayton and further honors were
given when the ship docked in Balboa.
That night the President attended a State
banquet in Panama and the following
day toured the Pacific Side with Gover-
nor Julian L. Schley and Secretary of
War George H. Dern, who had preceded
the presidential party to the Isthmus.
Local labor groups met with the Pres-
ident and businessmen from Panama
presented their complaints. Just before
the Houston headed for Hawaii, via
Cocos Island, the President pledged a
trans-Isthmian road to Colon and 24-
hour service on the Thatcher Ferry.
10 YEARS AGO
Shipping and tolls through the Pan-
ama Canal reached their highest level
since 1940 when figures were totalled
up 10 years ago this month. Transits for
the fiscal year totalled 4,793 ocean-going
commercial vessels while tolls were
$20,541,230 on these ships. Comparable
figures for the previous year were 4,678
transits and $19,956,593 in tolls.
A new retirement bill, extending the
Civil Service Retirement Act to Panama
Canal and Panama Railroad employees,
became law in July, 1949. As the month
ended, Canal authorities announced the
schedule for increased retirement deduc-
tions under the new bill.
The Canal organization got a new N9
2 man 10 years ago in July, when Col.
Herbert G. Vogel took over his duties as
Engineer of Maintenance. He was later
to become the first Lieutenant Governor.
Now a retired brigadier general, he
heads the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Six employees of what was then the
Municipal Engineering Division started
a busman's holiday in July 1949. The
group, all engineers or skilled heavy
equipment operators, were off to Beirut
in Lebanon to help in the construction
of a new airport.
ONE YEAR AGO
An annual record for Canal transits
was reported July 1, 1958 as a new fiscal
year began. During the fiscal year which
closed June 30 a year ago, 10,553 ships
of all classes had transited the water-
Also a year ago: The "Gold Hill" area
in France Air Force Base was transfer-
red to the Panama Canal, providing ad-
ditional housing for Atlantic siders; Col.
John D. McElheny succeeded Col. Hugh
M. Arnold as Lieutenant Governor; and,
in other personnel changes, Col. Thomas
G. Faison became Director of Gorgas
Hospital; Richard E. Pinkham became
Manager of the Railroad Division; and
Maj. Harvey Jones took over. the post of
Military Assistant to the Governor.
The Panama Line
The Panama Line display, seen at right,
was set up in a window of the New York
Port Authority office recently.
The exhibit, which was arranged by the
Freight Department of the New York
office of the Panama Line, attracted
much favorable comment. A large
number of brochures were
handed out to visitors interested
in obtaining more
information concerning the operation
of the line's two 10,000-ton vessels,
the Ancon and the Cristobal.
July 3, 1959 13
-- in a showcase
His dream came true -
He went to the States
Ever since he was a little boy in Cham6, some 50 miles
from Panama City, Joaquin M. Ponce had wanted to see the
United States. And in the past 16 years, while he worked in
the Engineering Division where he is now an electrical en-
gineering draftsman in the Sixty-Cycle Design Branch, the
desire had been getting steadily stronger.
This year his dream came true. The two Ponce children
were turned over to the care of a grandmother and on April
4 Mr. and Mrs. Ponce took off by plane for Miami. Within
the next few weeks they managed to see a good deal more
of the United States than many persons born there.
Washington was the most handsome of the many cities
he saw; Niagara Falls was the most exciting place for the
two Ponces. The New York skyscrapers lived up to expec-
tations, as did the Statue of Liberty. The United Nations
headquarters was all that they thought it would be.
This time-there will be another, next time with the
children-the Ponces travelled by bus from Miami to St.
Louis, stopping at Atlanta en route. In St. Louis they met'
relatives who drove with them to Chicago and across the
flatlands of the Great Lakes country through Cleveland to
Buffalo and Niagara Falls. From Buffalo they took the new
New York State Throughway to New York City. A side trip
to Boston gave them a chance to see that historic city and
the campuses of the great Boston colleges and universities.
From New York the two couples drove south to Wash-
ington, via Philadelphia and Baltimore. In the capital they
separated, the relatives to drive back to St. Louis and the
Ponce to continue to Miami by bus.
George Vieto, from Passenger Traffic Of-
ficer to Supervisory Passenger Traffic Of-
ficer, Transportation Section.
Mrs. Edna A. T. Mahaffy, from Clerk-
Typist, Employment and Utilization Divi-
sion, to Clerk (Typing), Printing Plant..
CIVIL AFFAIRS BUREAU
Edward C. Overstreet, Jr., from Guard.
Locks Division, to Private, Police Division.
Raymond George, from Clerk to Secre-
tary (General), Fire Division.
Egbert Willies, from Firefighter to Fire-
fighter Driver Operator, Fire Division.
Division of Schools
Mrs. Alice M. Leftridge, from Recreation
Assistant to Swimming Pool Manager.
Mrs. Rochelle N. Head, from Clerk-Ste-
nographer to Secretary (Stenography).
George F. Gercich, from Elementary
School Teacher-Principal to Elementary
Louis H. De Armas, from Elementary
and Secondary School Teacher, to Sup-
Mrs. Carol M. Kocher, from Clerk-T.pit
Mrs. Katherine G. Headrick and Mrs.
Marion B. Taylory from Cl-rk-Stenogra-
phers to Secretaries.
OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER
Gregory G. Cartotto, from General
Claims Examiner to Supervisory General
Claims Examiner, General Audit Division.
Mrs. Ruth J. Bain, from Clerk-Typist to
Clerk (Typinci. Treasury Branch.
Egen W. Mike, from Clerk to Addressine
Machine and Cr.tphot. pe Operator, Payroll
Alfrede R. Chambers, John MN. Blackman.
Roberto Barton and Mario Delgado. from
Addressing Machine and Craphotype Op-
erators to Bookkeeping Machine Operators.
Mrs. Frances D. Wheeler and Mrs. Nell
J. Waldron. from Gener.l Accounting
Clerks to Accounting Te hrn.irans.
Mrs. Eleanor 1. Connor, Mrs. Alice H.
Roche, Mrs. Cornelia M. Wright, Mrs.
Jeanne C. Magnuson. Mrs. Kalhaleen NI.
Priest and Mrs. Ethel K. Askew. from Ac-
counting Clerks to ALcouinting Techlinkan-s
Julio A. Best, from Clerk to Card Punch
Mrs. Olianda A. de Alvarado, Alice M.
May 15 through June 15
Stewart, Keren H. Barnabas, Mrs. Veronica
N. Morris, Iris V. Walters and Norma Box-
hill, from Clerks to Accounts Maintenance
Gwendoline P. Jordan, from Clerk to
ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION
Carlos H. Castillo, from Mechanical
Parts Assembler to Machine Operator,
Alfred Brameld, from Operator-Diesel
Machinist, Electrical Division, to Dipper
Dredge Operator, Dredging Division.
Reginal A. Guillette, from Clerk to Clerk-
Typist, Surveys Branch.
Fermin L. IbAfiez, from Clerk to Super-
visory Clerk, Surveys Branch.
Lee R. Gittens, from Clerk to Time-
keeper, Surveys Branch.
Charles S. Kerr, from Cleaner to Heavy
Laborer, Electrical Division.
Paul W. Mohl, from Dipper Dredge Mate
'., Dipper Dredge Operator, Dredging Di-
Julius J. Hentschel. from Construction
He preentati~ Power Con version Project,
t, Electr.ial Equipment Inspector, Contract
ailnld Inpection Di si on.
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Anita M. Bauckus. from Clerk-Stenogra-
pher, Adnministratike Br.anich. to Secretary
ilenou.raphi I. Office -of the G iern, r.
Oscai Alle.\ne, froni Cler.iner to Hospital
Laborer. Gurga. Hospital.
Arcadio SAnchez, from Cleainer to Heavy
Laborer, Coco Solo Hospit.Il.
Mrs. Thelma Rand, Marie V. Brauer,
Cecilia E. Wensing, Waldron E. Eldridge,
Lillian L. Pratt and Ethel C. Myers, from
Head Nirse to Nurse Super isor. Gorgas
Nelson R. Clark, from Marine Traffic
Controller to Supervisor\ Marine Traffic
C ,'ntruller. Na iatini D % iio,n.
Curtis L. Coate, from Electrician t., E-
Ic (trIL.iln Le.idcr. Lockl Diision.
Joseph Elliott, from Leader ElectriL.ian
to C..'ntrol House Lead Foirm.an. Lock.
Joseph W. E. Bourgeois, from Operator
Diesel Machinist, Electrical Division, to
Chief Towboat or Ferry Engineer, Naviga-
Joseph Nurse, from Laborer, Supply Di-
vision, to Helper Shipwright, Industrial Di-
Jaime Salas, from Deck Hand to Launch
Seaman, Navigation Division.
Julio F. Newball, from Launch Seamar,
to Launch Operator, Navigation Division.
Burton E. Davis, from Chief, Desigi
Section, to Plant Engineer, Industrial Di-
Clyde E. Dunn-Moodie and Oscar A.
Jones, from Laborers, Supply Division, to
Cleaners, Industrial Division.
Howarth V. Rowe, Jr., from Towboat or
Ferry Master to Pilot-in-Training, Naviga-
Richard T. Conley, from Locomotive En-
gineer, Railroad Division, to Towing Lo-
comotive Operator, Locks Division.
Mrs. Maxene A. LaBeau, from Clerk-
Stenographer to Supervisory Personnel
Clerk, Wage and Classification Division.
SUPPLY AND COMMUNITY
Albert Ward, from Waiter to Bartender.
Robert 0. Massiah, from Laborer to
Food Sales Checker.
Mrs. Marilyn Laverty, from Sales As-
sistant Supervisor to Clerk-Typist.
Mrs. Pauline S. Little, from Sales As-
sistant Supervisor to Cash Accounting
Sylvester L. Searles, from Bus Boy to
Angela E. Iturrado, from Laundry Work-
er to Garment Presser.
TRANSPORTATION AND TERMINALS
Enrique Roman, from Clerk to Shipment
Clerk, Railroad Division.
Jack M. Ruoff, from General Transporta-
tion Assistant to Graduate Intern.
Duncan Rook, from Winchman to Leader
Gilberto Villa, from Dock Worker to
T .A L W1
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
July 3, 1959
Cristobal ...................... July 1
Ancon........................ July 8
Cristobal . ... ........ July 18
Ancon........................ July 25
FROM NEW YORK
Cristobal ...................... July 10
Cristobal... ........... ...... July 28
Retirement certificates were presented at
the end of June to the following employees
who are listed alphabetically, together with
their birthplaces, titles, years of Canal
service, and their future homes.
Bert J. Benoit, Louisiana; Bridge Crane
Operator, Industrial Division, 36 years, 7
months, 5 days; New Orleans, La.
James A. Fraser, New York; Construction
Management Engineer, Dredging Division;
28 years, 10 months, 6 days; St. Petersburg,
Lorenz F. Gerspach, Oregon; Blacksmith,
Locks Division; 4 years, 11 months, 2 days;
Oak Ridge, Oreg.
Percy A. Lawrance, British West Indies;
Wireman Foreman, Locks Division; 19
years, 2 months, 13 days; Florida.
Lew W. McIlvaine, Ohio; Assistant Su-
pervisory Officer, Sales and Service Branch,
Supply Division; 31 years, 11 months, 8
William J. Stevenson, New Jersey; Elec-
trician, Electrical Division; 19 years, 8
months, 5 days; Greenville, S. C.
Claude B. Strobridge, New York; Elec-
trician Leader, Electrical Division; 35
years, 24 days; future address undecided.
Clement E. Wilson, from Leader Dock
Worker to Lead Foreman Dock Worker.
Albert W. Williams, from Leader Ship-
worker to Lead Foreman Dock Worker.
Promotions which did not involve changes
in title follow:
Felipe K. Ben, Jr., Civil Engineer, En-
Franklin K. Ben, Engineering Drafts-
man, Engineering Division.
Andre J. Louis, Eric R. Townsend and
Alvin B. Goode, Bookkeeping Machine Op-
erators, Accounting Division.
Richard J. Danielsen and Paul Badonsky,
General Engineers, Locks Division.
Rufus C. O'Neal, Supervisory Marine
Traffic Controller, Navigation Division.
Clarence T. Ford, Pablo E. P6rez, Jos6
L. Chamizo, Hospital Attendants, Gorgas
Mois6s de la Pefia, Louis C. Hasemann
and Clyde L. Sharp, Finance Branch Su-
perintendents, Postal Division.
Mrs. Margaret M. King, Secretary (Ste-
nography), Office of the Governor-Pres-
Ralph E. Harvey and Samuel R. Cun-
ningham, Accounting Assistants, Account-
Mrs. Dana B. Bissell, Transportation
Rate Auditing Clerk, Accounting Division.
John A. Michaelis, Rex E. Beck and
Sherman C. Brooks, Constables, Magistrates
Glenn T. Dye, Graduate Intern, Office of
the Supply and Community Service Di-
Audley M. Webster, Junior High Teach-
er, Division of Schools.
Harold L. Daniels and Jos6 F. Bernard,
Card Punch Operator, Payroll Branch.
MAN OF THE MONTH
When Claude B. Strobridge, senior man on this month's list of anniversaries, has
an ,,pportunit. to read this, he will be thousands of miles away from the Isthmus
-.1 man in ,earch of a home. The month of his 35th anniversary of government
service coincided with the nonth of his optional retirement from the Canal or-
He missed being a native Zoniai, by very few years. Born in Rochester, N. Y.,
he was only six years old when his father, F. T. Strobridge, became a conductor
on th,- Panama Railroad. The Strobridge family lived in Cristobal. A favorite play-
ground for thi- month', top anniversary man was the site of the just-abandoned
Cristobal Retail Store.
Mr. Strobridge went to school in Cristobal and is a graduate of Cristobal High
School. When he was in his 'teens he held a number of summer jobs, sometimes
as a messenger boy and, once with the Electrical Division, as a helper.
All of his adult service was with the Electrical Division, where he worked as
wireman, cablesplicer, leader wireman, and distribution foreman. At the time of
his retirement, he was a leader electrician.
Mr. and Mrs. Strobridge left the Isthmus June 26 and are now somewhere
between Florida and California. They intend to look both States over before they
decide where to settle.
Second place on this month's an-
niversary list goes to another Atlantic
sider, Ernest A. Angermuller, Tank
Inspector for the Industrial Division.
Various people have come to the
Isthmus for various reasons: he mar-
ried the Canal Zone. He met his wife,
the former Norma Kenny, while he
was x working in the United States. She
talked so much about the Isthmus
where her father had worked for the
Mechanical Division that Mr. Anger-
muller decided to see it for himself.
That was 30 years ago last month. He
has been here ever since.
His first Canal job was as a helper
in the Mechanical Division. He was
promoted through various jobs, such
as riveter and anglesmith, until he at-
tained his present position, which he
has held since 1956.
Mr. Angermuller's boyhood training
in his father's bakery has turned out
to his advantage. He is well-known on
the Atlantic side as one of the best
outdoor cooks on the Isthmus.
A quarter century of service was chalked
up last month by one woman and two men.
Two of them are natives of the Canal Zone
and one has continuous service. *
Kathleen M. McGuigan was born in
Ancon and has spent all of her life on the
Isthmus. She began her continuous Canal
service as a clerk in the Accounting Division
and is now Administrative Assistant in the
Office of the Comptroller.
Robert G. Richardson is the other Canal
Zone native. He also was born in Ancon.
His service is broken only by a tour of
military duty. Mr. Richardson came to work
for the Canal as a salesman in the Commis-
sary Division. He is now Lead Foreman
Stockman in the Sales and Service Branch.
Eugene F. Kleasner is a Missourian by
I irth. His hometown is Keytsville. His serv-
ice is broken by less than a year and all of
it has been with the Locks Division where
he now holds the position of Lead Foreman.
The 20-year women and men come from
far and near-from as far away as Oregon
and as near as Ancon. Their hometowi-, are
scattered throughout the United Statcs .nd
there is one native of the British \\'et
Thomas E. Burrow, Assistant to the Chief
of the Executive Planning Staff, is a native
of Hot Springs, Ark. He has been connected
with the Canal's planning since 1939. His
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW 15
first Canal job was clerk in Personnel Ad-
Mrs. Clara M. Chambers, Clerk in the
Navigation Division, comes from Ohio. Her
hometown is Kenton. All of her service has
been in the Marine Bureau.
William J. Cronan, Canal Zone Police-
man, is a native of lone, Oreg. He holds the
rank of Private. Mr. Cronan began his Canal
service as a watchman in the Locks Di-
Ralph J. Dugas is a native of Ancon, Can-
al Zone. He is now Lead Foreman III in
the Pipefitting and Sheetmetal Shop of the
Percy A. Lawrance, Leader Lock Op-
erator Electrician in the Locks Division,
came to the Isthmus from the British West
Indies. His hometown is St. Kitts. Mr.
Lawrance is the second man on this month's
list to be celebrating two important events
in his career, a service anniversary and his
Richard J. Mahoney, Supervisory Con-
struction Inspector in the Contract and In-
spection Division, is a North Dakotan. His
birthplace is Langdon. He has served in his
present position for the past five years.
Richard R. Potter, Electrical Engineer in
the Electrical Division, was born in Tren-
ton, N. J. He began his Canal service as an
engineering aid with the Municipal Engi-
Robert H. Rathgeber is a native of the
Canal Zone. His present position is Liquid
Fuels Dispatcher in the Marine Bunkering
Service of the Terminal Division.
Douglas S. Smith's hometown is Brooklyn,
N. Y. He began his Canal service as a tracer
with the Office Engineer and is now Leader
Lock Operator Machinist in the Locks Di-
Coral A. Strickler has accumulated her
20 years of service working as a Nurse in
the Health Bureau. She is a native of West
Point, Ill. Her present position is Emergency
Room Staff Nurse at Gorgas Hospital.
Two natives of the Isthmus are among
the 10 men and women who celebrated 15
years of service last month.
The Isthmian natives are Elsie H. Smith,
Procurement Clerk in the Office of the
General Manager of the Supply Division,
who was born at Bocas del Toro, R. P., and
Richard E. Parker, Automotive Machinist
in the Motor Transportation Division, who
is a native of Colon, R. P.
The other 15-year. employees are listed
alphabetically with their positions, and
places of birth.
Frank J. Aspesi, New York City, Leader
Lock Operator, Locks Division; Leah B.
Corbliss, Patterson, N. J., Staff Nurse, Coco
Solo Hospital; Robert Lessiack, Hacken-
sack, N. J., Supervisory Budget Analyst,
Budget Branch; William J. McLaughlin, Jr.,
Madison, N. J., Chief Foreman, Locks Di-
vision; Mrs. Ruth N. Miller, East Pittsburg,
Pa., Library Assistant, Canal Zone Library;
and Glenn E. Storm, Oakland, Calif., Tow-
ing Locomotive Operator, Locks Division.
July 3, 1959
TRANSITS BY OCEAN-GOING
VESSELS IN MAY
Commercial .... ..' ........
U. S. Government...........
Total .................. 778 913
Commercial ...... $3,529,936 $4,183,147
U. S. Government. 83,403 70,093
Total......... $3,613,339 $4,253,240
*Includes tolls on all vessels, ocean-going and small.
CARGO (long tons)
Commercial ...... 4,072,316
U. S. Government. 73,614
While it will be some time yet before
final figures for tolls, transits, and cargo
will be compiled, the former annual
records for the number of ocean-going
commercial ships and for total traffic
transiting the Canal had been exceeded
by June 15. This was the seventh suc-
cessive year that commercial traffic set
new transit records.
Two big tankers, both destined for
the scrap yard, were towed through the
Canal southbound during June as dead
tows en route to Japan. The first was
the former Liberian flag Athel Regent,
now the Fleet Tank, which was brought
here from Providence, R. I., by the
Dutch tug Zeeland. The second, which
arrived from Curacao, was the Waal
Haven, formerly the Esso Maracay. She
was under tow of the Dutch tug Barentz
Zee. The Fleet Tank was travelling in
ballast but the Waal Haven had aboard
approximately 4,000 tons of scrap iron.
Both ships were taken through the Can-
al by Panama Canal tugs.
Shippers estimated that it would take
between 90 and 100 days for the Fleet
Tank to reach Osaka via Hawaii and
probably about the same time for the
Waal Haven. C. Fernie & Co. were a-
Capt. William C. Hughes, who replaces Ca!t. Warner S. Rodimon as Marine
Director, talks with Fitz R. Spooner aboard a Canal launch at Pier 18 in Balboa.
gents for the Waal Haven and C. B.
Fenton & Co. for the Fleet Tank.
Her June trip through the Panama
Canal was a first transit for the Dutch
tug Zeeland, below, which arrived here
early in June en route to Japan with the
"dead" tanker Fleet Tank in tow. The
Zeeland was built in 1942 at Port Arthur,
Tex., and was subsequently sold to the
N. V. Bureau Wijsmuller of Holland.
The powerful little craft has 2,500 horse
power and is capable of travelling some
5,000 miles without refueling. She has
a speed of 15 knots and carries a crew
of 24 under the command of Capt. F. B.
First Canal Visit
The Orient & Pacific Line's 24,000-ton
Chusan, which recently made a Pacific
Coast-Hawaii cruise, arrived in Balboa
June 28 on her first visit to the Canal.
She docked briefly at Balboa before her
transit and also berthed at Cristobal
before sailing the same day for London
via Trinidad, Las Palmas, and Le Havre.
The Chusan is now sailing in the joint
trans-Pacific service of the Orient Line
and the Peninsular & Oriental Steam
Navigation Company. Her regular run
was formerly between London and Aus
tralia via the Suez Canal. She is ex-
pected to make one Canal transit each
The Orcades, another Orient & Pacific
liner on a round-the-world voyage, is
due in Balboa July 8 from Australia. En
route to London she will stop in Tri-
nidad, Madeira, and Le Havre. Both
ships are represented here by Norton,
Lilly & Co.
Ship Agent Leaves
Kay C. Hansen, who has been man-
ager of the Cristobal office of the Conti-
nental Shipping Co. for the past two
years, left the Isthmus July 1 for Mexico
City where he will be in the office of the
Hamburg-America Line. He came to
Panama from Hamburg where he was
with the Hamburg-America Line. The
Continental Shipping Co. was agent for
that line on the Isthmus.
Mr. Hansen is being succeeded here
by Hans J. Illies, Consul of the Federal
Republic of Germany in Colon who has
had considerable shipping experience
on the staff of Hapag-Lloyd.
The Saga Maru, newest addition to
the NYK Line's Japan-Pacific Coast-
New York Service, is due in Balboa July
6 from California on her maiden voyage
to New York, according to Norton, Lilly
& Co., agents for the ship here. Another
new ship of the same class, the 15,500-
deadweight ton Saitama Maru, is to join
the Saga Maru on the same run. She
will arrive here from Japan August 21.
The ships carry 12 passengers and make
the run from Los Angeles to Cristobal
in eight days.
July 3, 1959