Photo of the Week
January 11, 2009
A couple of things I noted when I zoomed in on my scan. In the upper right hand corner of the photo is what appears to be a bow of what I think could be a fancy sailing ship. You can see the detailed wood carving of what appears to be leaves. There is a rope ladder hanging from the bow for what ever reason. There are lots of what appears to be wet clothing on the barge in front of this bow that could have been pulled out of the water after the Newport sunk. There are people doing all kinds of different things on both the dock and floating craft.
As always.... what a great capture in time.
After posting this photo yesterday, my brother in law Don Lowery found "the rest of the story" while doing an extensive search on-line. The article is from The New York Times", published August 18, 1912.
PANAMA, Aug. 17 - Part of the American wharf at Balboa, built six years
ago, collapsed this morning at 2 o'clock, and two heavy electric cranes
fell on to the Pacific Mail Steamship Company's steamer Newport, causing
it to sink. No lives were lost. The Newport was to have left
to-day, and had all her cargo on board, amounting to 1,500 tons ready
for the departure.
Another comment from Richard Dillion came in too:
Thank you Don and Richard for the follow up. Great stuff!!!
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