Photo of the Week
July 18, 2004 

     I had the privilege to meet with the daughter of John W. Sibert yesterday and had the honor of looking through her Dad's collection of photos and keep-sakes from his days in Panama.  John W. Sibert was responsible for the construction of the Miraflores Swing Bridge, the town of Cocoli and Pacific Third Locks project while serving as the Pacific Area Engineer, Panama Canal Department in the early 1940's. John W. Sibert is a cousin of Willam J. Sibert who constructed the Gatun Locks.  I have these wonderful old photos of these projects on loan and plan to beef up my Third Locks presentation with these great old photos in the near future

     In the meantime, I have selected two really great shots that I know you will like.

     The photo above is a view looking North towards Paraiso as you can see Cerro Luisa in the distance.  To the right edge of the photo is Miraflores Locks with Miraflores Hill see.  You can almost make out the old emergency dams on the locks.  This classic photo is showing a large dragline excavating what most of knew as Cocoli Lake.
     To give you an idea of how big this dragline is, I have added a second photo of the week showing a group of good looking ladies standing within the scoop.  These gals were probably wives of the engineers and workers on the project.  I will call them the ladies of Cocoli.  What a classic and only gets better!!

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