Photo of the Week
June 24, 2001
Highlights of this photo are:
At the bottom of the photo you can see the gravel railroad cars from the
Gamboa river rock pit. This is where Ole 299 used to work before
being moved to Balboa as a display.
In regard to your photo of "Young Gamboa" on your CZ Images page, the ship in question in the Canal is one of the passenger liners of the Canadian Pacific Lines, which at the time was owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway of Canada. Canadian Pacific named all of its liners beginning with "Empress of ...", such as Empress of Britain, Empress of Japan, Empress of Canada, Empress of Australia, Empress of Scotland, etc. Although the name of the liner in the photo cannot be read, it is probable that it is the Empress of Britain (built 1931), which transited the Canal just before World War 2 and which was later severely damaged by aerial bombing by the Germans on 26 October 1940, some 70 miles northwest of Ireland. While being towed to Britain after the attack, the damaged liner was again attacked, this time by a German U-boat, which sunk her with two torpedoes. The Empress of Britain was the largest Allied merchant ship lost by enemy action during World War 2.
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