Photo of the Week
July 1, 2007
The photos shown this week are in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Panama Canal Society. I will be reunion bound this coming week and the theme for this year's Panama Canal Society reunion is Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Panama Canal Society. The Panama Canal Museum has created a great display in commemoration of this historical event which will be shown at the reunion.
July 1932, a number of recently retired employees of the Panama Canal on
board the “ANCON” gathered in the ship’s lounge to hold a farewell
meeting before docking in
An intense desire was expressed by everyone to keep in touch with
all the retired folks and to perpetuate the friendships formed in the
The Association of fifteen former employees grew over the years
with more and more retirees joining its ranks. In 1946 it became the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., with a membership of 335.
The location of the Association’s headquarters was in
From the beginning fifteen founding charter members, the Society has grown to 3,681 members as of December 2006. The first annual reunion was held in 1933 with 47 members in attendance. Now, we have approximately 3,000 members attending each year. This year’s reunion will commemorate our Society’s 75th anniversary and we expect a record attendance.
Historical information from the History of the Panama Canal Society, by Tom Peterson
Returned to Service
Panama Railroad Steamship Company steamship Ancon,
which was temporarily withdrawn from service April, 1923, and laid up in
Gatun Lake, will be restored to the New York — Port-au-Prince —
Cristobal run, leaving New York on May 2, 1925.
has been thoroughly overhauled and refurbished to carry 250 passengers
instead of the 78 for which it formerly had accommodations. The
hull was scaled and painted on the Isthmus, and in August, 1924, the
steamer was dispatched to
will replace the General
W.C. Gorgas, which is scheduled to arrive at Cristobal April
24, 1925, and will be laid up in
is a steamer of 9,315 gross tons, 489.5 feet long and 58 feet in beam.
It was built in 1902 at Sparrow’s Point Maryland, and was
purchased by the I.C.C. in 1909. During the construction period
and its sister ship, the Cristobal,
were used primarily for the transportation of cement from the
The Panama Railroad Company’s service between New York and Cristobal will be maintained by the Ancon, the Cristobal, and the Panama, with sailings approximately every 7 days, with the exception of the one interval of 12 days every fourth week.
information provided by Bill Fall.
|Shown here is the Panama Railroad Steamship Line pier in New York City. This is the pier that the S.S. Ancon would tie up to when making it's trips back and forth to Panama and New York City. Note the shadow of the ships mast on the wall. It looks very similar to that of the S.S. Ancon's forward mast. It may very well be the S.S. Ancon coming into dock.|
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