Format Film, Video
Dates 1919
Location Chagres River
Gatun Lake
Miraflores Lake
Panama Canal
Language English
Subjects Canals, Interoceanic
Chagres River (Panama)
Gatun Lake (Panama)
Locks (Hydraulic Engineering)
Miraflores Lake (Panama)
Panama Canal (Panama)
Public Buildings, American
Panama Canal--scenes of the finished Canal /
Created / Published
United States : [s.n., 1919?].
Subject Headings
-  Canals, Interoceanic--Panama
-  Ships
-  Locks (Hydraulic engineering)
-  Spillways
-  Public buildings, American
-  Panama Canal (Panama)
-  Panama Canal (Panama)--Navigation
-  Gatun Lake (Panama)
-  Chagres River (Panama)
-  Miraflores Lake (Panama)
-  Copyright: no reg.
-  Duration: 4:03 (part 1), 4:00 (part 2), 3:56 (part 3), 4:07 (part 4), 0:52 (part 5) at 14 fps.
-  Scenes of the Panama Canal, generally in the natural order of passage, from a ship moving from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The ship passes by the Panamanian city of Colón on the Atlantic end, through the channel to Gatun Locks and into Gatun Lake, views of the Gatun spillway and the Chagres River. From here she passes from Gaillard Cut (Culebra Cut), into the Pedro Miguel Locks and into Miraflores Lake. Then through the Miraflores Locks and into the final portion of the canal, passing the Canal Zone towns of Ancon, Balboa, and Balboa Heights. Final views are of the Ancon Hospital (Gorgas Hospital) and the U.S. Administration Building at Balboa.
-  Sources used: Abbot, Willis J. Panama and the canal, 1913; Avery, Ralph E. America's triumph at Panama, 1913.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  National Park Service acquired from Roosevelt Memorial Association. Gift to RMA from Samuel Lewis. Edge code date on nitrate is 1919. Flash titles are very dark. DLC
-  Received: 5/1968 from USDA lab; ref print, archival pos; preservation; Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection.
1 reel of 1 (358 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (358 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. arch pos.
Call Number
FAB 1115 (ref print)
FRA 6058 (arch pos)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
trmp 4129s1 4129s2 4129s3 4129s4 4129s5
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