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Passing Through: 1915

Passing Through: 1915

Circa 1915. "Bolton Castle in Gatun Locks, west chamber, Panama Canal." Just the thing to float your boat. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

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Skinny Ship

The Bolton Castle looks anorexic compared to some the ships that just barely squeeze through the locks now.

Canal Zone Sentry

Down the slope behind the nearest mule is a US soldier propertly kitted out in the uniform of the period: M1911 campaign hat, woolen shirt and breeches, russet leather shoes and canvas leggins, and armed with the M1903 Springfield. Looks good, but not the best suited uniform for the Canal Zone.

Mules and Moguls

There's so much of interest to me in this photo, apart from the nearly new Clyde-built steamship. I count six of the original GE mules running on their 5' gauge rack and adhesion track, there's two Western Wheeled Scraper side-dump wagons on the left of the lock, and way off in the right background there's an Isthmian Canal Commission Alco-Cooke 2-6-0 switching cars. I'd love to step back in time and spend the day here. :)

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