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Double Panama: 1915

Double Panama: 1915

Circa 1915. "Steamer Panama at Pedro Miguel Locks, approach from Miraflores Lake, Panama Canal." Another high-resolution view to mark the centenary of the Panama Canal. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Deep, Cold Fate

In February 1927 SS Panama was sold to the Alaska Steamship Company, renamed SS Aleutian, and transferred to Pacific coastal service. It sank in 1929 off Kodiak. More here.

Watching the show

The canal authority maintains a set of webcams which allow you to watch the show day or night. They also have a few clips of transits, e.g. of the USS New Jersey.

Very few fenders

Interesting to note that PANAMA has no fenders out and that there's only one fender handing from the lock wall (far side of the lock entry, left side of the picture). She doesn't need them given the placid weather and the ability of the lock personnel to handle her lines (and keep her from touching the walls of the entry with the little electric (?) cars. She's a very trim little freighter. What a great picture!

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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