Photo of the Week
January 27, 2002
This little island is named Culebra Island. During the early years years of the French era there was a quarantine station built on the island (see above). Although this colorized postcard calls the island Naos, it is actually Culebra Island. After the relocation of the quarantine station the little island was used in the defense of the Pacific entrance to the canal. This little island actually had two large 14 inch railroad guns stationed on it.
When the coastal artillery days were over Culebra Island sat quietly for many years. The Boy Scouts started using it and was also known as Boy Scout Island. The picture below was taken in the 1970s and shows the old foundations of the quarantine buildings (compare the two photos) and the large bunker built during the coastal artillery days. At high tide in the dry season, the rocks pictured were full of lobster just waiting to be plucked up.
With the treaty taking affect and the islands being turned over to the Republic of Panama, Noriega built a little "Casa" out on the rocky point to the right.
not sure what is happening there today, but it probably looks just like
the photo below.
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