Photo of the Week
March 2, 2008
As I wrote back on July
10, 2005, this and the Miraflores plants were never used because of
WWII. The Miraflores plant
was located next to the excavated Third Locks chamber as to have close
access to the basalt rock that was excavated from the excavated chamber.
I will post a photo of this rock crusher at a latter date.
I remember parts of the old rock crusher were still there in the
1970s. When you read the
information below, you will see the problems that began arising because
of the war.
I recent found some new
information about this old Aggregate Plant in a August 1944 Special
Engineering Division publication called United
States – The Panama Canal Third Locks Project – Final Report on
Modified Third Locks Project – Part 1 – General”.
The work to be done was
the processing of approximately 9,000,000 tons of
Under Operations and Schedules:
Aggregates. The existing
facilities of The Panama Canal and the necessity for coordinating barge
movements with other ship transits made it desirable for The Panama
Canal to supply the raw Chagres aggregates by its dredges for processing
and to deliver the aggregates by barge from both Gamboa and Miraflores
and required. The use of the
201. The final
processing of aggregates is planned for a contract operation.
The plants required for such processing have been substantially
completed under a previous contact.
However, many important items such as shovels, power plant, and
pumps; and minor parts such as screens, motors, and valves, have been
released to others in the war effort and other items will be released in
the future. As a
consequence, a careful inventory will be required immediately prior to
resumption. It is probably
that the diesel power supply originally installed but later sold will
not require replacement.
202. The transportation of aggregates will require a number of barges and tugs. In 1942, there were sixteen 1,000-cubic-yard barges under construction for this service. This equipment was released to another war agency and it will have to be replaced. It is probable that the tugs now on hand, which were purchased for this service and for dredging, will be adequate.
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