Photo of the Week
March 15, 2020
Continuing with the Jim Wich
collection this week with two more '50s vintage photos scanned from
35mm slides. This week I am posting photos of the mighty
USS Missouri transiting the Panama Canal northbound to the
Atlantic. I have read that this transit was probably in 1954,
the last time she went through the Canal before decommissioning in
1955. These Iowa Class BB barely fit in the chambers so lots of
paying attention by pilots and locomotive operators is a must.
caught and took a photo of a very historic item on the deck of
the ship which is a plaque of the spot where Japanese signed the
surrender documents that ended WWII. I reads "OVER THIS
SPOT ON 2 SEPTEMBER 1945 THE INSTRUMENT OF FORMAL SURRENDER OF JAPAN
TO THE ALLIED POWERS WAS SIGNED THUS BRINGING TO A CLOSE THE SECOND
WORLD WAR - THE SHIP AT THAT TIME WAS AT ANCHOR IN TOKYO
BAY". It also has the Lat. and Long of the spot they were
anchored. The bottom photo I found on-line.
the black locomotives. Gatun Locks had black locomotives while
the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locomotives were gray. Here we are at
Pedro Miguel with black locomotives. Locomotive guru and CZ
Images contributor Bill Fall told me that these black locomotives were
brought to the Pedro Miguel Locks when the new locomotives started to
arrive first in Gatun.
also the lamp post stumps where the old concrete lamp posts are being
removed and replace with the pole light. The center wall still
has to old concrete posts.
from the Wich collection next week.
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