America's Triumph at Panama

America's Triumph at Panama

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ... thought to be the discharge of an Admiral's salute, the cruiser returned the supposed courtesy bv dipping its flag. CTftE, I) jgp piVIDED Ctke WPgJjP TJNJTED In the Pacific entrance dynamite was employed in subaqueous blasting, two drill barges being used to make the necessary holes. In addition to breaking up hard material for the dredges in this section, the use of dynamite under water kept many of those employed in the vicinity supplied with fresh fish for some time. Those whose employment necessitated their going out in boats considered themselves particularly fortunate. On one occasion, a private mess of Canal employes was kept supplied with fish as long as such a diet could be endured bv its members. SLIDES--ELOQUENT ARGUMENT AGAINST SEA LEVEL PROJECT The greatest difficulty in the excavation of Culebra Cut has been caused by slides which have from time to time precipitated great masses of earth and rock into the Canal prism burying steam shovels and dirt trains, tearing up dirt train tracks, ana closing up the drainage ditch. There have been 22 slides and breaks at different times covering from one to 75 acres. These have added about 25,000,000 cubic yards, or about one-quarter of the estimated total of excavation necessary in the Cut. The largest and most troublesome of these is the Cucaracha slide on the east bank of the Cut at Culebra, which started in 1887 when the French were at work. When the Americans started operations in 1905, this slide again became active and, as the Cut deepened at this point, it continued to develop. Gold Hill presents a solid rock face 482 feet above the Canal bottom between Cucaracha slide and a slide immediately north. These two slides have broken so far back that the slope on their outer edges is...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236489144
  • 9781236489142