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[Photograph album of a voyage through the Panama Canal ]

Label
[Photograph album of a voyage through the Panama Canal ]
Title
[Photograph album of a voyage through the Panama Canal ]
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Small album of 47 black-and-white photographs, documenting a voyage through the Panama Canal from 1919.
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
picture
Summary expansion
The photographs, probably taken by a crewman on U.S. Navy subchaser SC-297, offer a step-by-step view of the ship entering the Canal, moving through the Gatun Locks, past the dam and into Gatun Lake. There are several views of Culebra Cut (renamed Gaillard Cut on April 27, 1915 in honor of David du Bose Gaillard of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), a man-made valley cutting through the continental divide in Panama, forming part of the Panama Canal, linking Lake Gatun, and thereby the Atlantic Ocean, to the Gulf of Panama and the Pacific Ocean. Passing through the Cut, the photographer captured Contractors Hill on the west, and Gold Hill on the east. There are three views of the old part of the Canal, initially excavated by the French between 1881 and 1902 when the United States took over the project; one of the radio towers in Darien, and three photos of the two floating cranes used in the construction: "Ajax" and "Hercules." A floating crane consisted of a jib or arm carried by a pontoon, and could move in any vertical plane and revolve about a vertical axis. "Ajax" was used to remove a sunken barge that was obstructing navigation through the Culebra Cut, and also for moving locomotives from one wall to another. Hotel Washington and Fort Washington are pictured on the shore at Cristóbal, important for its location as the port of entry for construction equipment and materials. The hotel was built in 1913 on the site of a former Panama Railroad building known as Washington House. The last eight photos, taken on the open sea, are views of submarine chasers, in particular subchaser SC-297, commissioned in 1918 in Puget Sound, and assigned to the Second Naval District during World War I. Photographs of other subchasers in the album include SC-301, SC-273, SC-275, SC-278, and SC-294
Technique
not applicable
Label
[Photograph album of a voyage through the Panama Canal ]
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Photographs are mounted one to a page on rectos and versos of 24 leaves of heavy black paper; captions in pen along lower margin of each photo
  • Bound in black textured cloth over paper; black endpapers; manufacturer's blind stamp "Royal Albums" on rear pastedown
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
  • Additional information available on The Subchaser Archives website, where similar photographs of SC-297 and the Panama Canal are posted, taken by crewman James Everett Parks who may have been the owner of the album; see http://www.subchaser.org/parks-collection-04
Color
black and white
Dimensions
15 x 22 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (47 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchase, PBA Galleries, 2015.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)936115848
  • ucoclc936115848
Label
[Photograph album of a voyage through the Panama Canal ]
Publication
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Photographs are mounted one to a page on rectos and versos of 24 leaves of heavy black paper; captions in pen along lower margin of each photo
  • Bound in black textured cloth over paper; black endpapers; manufacturer's blind stamp "Royal Albums" on rear pastedown
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
  • Additional information available on The Subchaser Archives website, where similar photographs of SC-297 and the Panama Canal are posted, taken by crewman James Everett Parks who may have been the owner of the album; see http://www.subchaser.org/parks-collection-04
Color
black and white
Dimensions
15 x 22 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (47 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchase, PBA Galleries, 2015.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)936115848
  • ucoclc936115848

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