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June 15, 2016

31 Rare Vintage Photos of the Life in Panama Canal Zone around 1914-15

The Panama Canal is a man-made 48-mile (77 km) waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade.

The Canal was begun working on by France in 1881, but after that was taken over by the United States in 1904, and opened on August 15, 1914. It is considered as one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken.

These are photos of an early crossing of the Panama Canal. The ship is the S. S. Panama, the first excursion ship to go through the Panama Canal on Feb. 7, 1915. Most of the buildings still seem to be under construction. These appear to be the three Gatun locks.

(Photos from Richard)

1 comment:

  1. I remember so much from 50's in the likeness of these photos --thank you




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