Photo of the Week
May 10, 2009
This week's photo is following suit of the past few weeks of photos
showing people. As many of you regular visitors know, I love the
old photos showing people of the construction era of the Canal.
This week's photo is from the same collection I recently obtained and
appears to be a crew of West Indian laborers sitting on what I think is
a steam crane. The photo was probably taken at the Gorgona Shops as many
of the photos that were part of this section of the collection were
taken in Gorgona. There a couple of U.S. rate shown at the top of the
photo. An interesting part of this photo is the guy in the back
row 4th from the left. Note the white spot on the front of his
pants. At first I thought it was a white spot, but when I zoomed
in I saw that it was one of the brass diamond shaped employee ID
tags. He has it tied to his belt.
several more people photos that I will be showing then weeks to
come. Very interesting stuff.
after posting this photo, CZ Images contributor Bill Fall wrote me an
email. He looked the C32 up in a book about Panama Canal
equipment. Here is what he found:
"The C32 looks like a 100-ton Bucyrus
Wrecking Crane, Class 32. It was purchased Jan 11, 1905 and cost
$14,985. It was a Non-propelling wrecking crane."
Thanks for the comments Bill
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