ultimo, requesting that when applicants for employ-
ment are sent to authorized examining physicians of
the Commission for medical and physical examination,
they be given two copies of Form 167 C. E., for execu-
tion by the examining physician. instead of one copy
of the above form, as had been the practice in the past.
The District Physician at Culebra states that appli-
cants for employment are still being sent to him,
accompanied by only one copy of Form 167 C. E.
Will you kindly give the necessary instructions in
order that the provisions of the Chairman's circular
of May 3, 1911, may be complied with.
By direction of the Acting Chairman.
W. H. May. Secretary to the Chairman.
Culebra. C. Z., May 30, 1911.
Hereafter assignments to nonhousekeeping quarters
will be made from applicants on the nonhousekeeping
Applicants for quarters on the No. 1 and No. 2 lists
can have their names placed on the nonhousekeeping
list if they make application in the regular way.
C. A. Devol, Chief Quarter master.
Permits for Gatun Labor Train.
Gatun, C. Z., May 27. 1911.
To All Concerned:
Permits for the Gatun-Culebra labor train are not
transferable. Any such permits found in the hands of
parties not entitled thereto will be taken up, and, if it
is found that such permit has been sold or transferred
by the party to whom it was originally issued, the
facts will be reported to the Chairman and Chief
Engineer for his action.
Wm. L. Sibert, Division Engineer.
Sale of Washstands, Roofing Iron, F.tc.
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Sealed bids will be received at the office of the
Depot Quartermaster, Mount Hope, C. Z,, until 2
p. m., June 14, 1911. for the purchase of 175 second
hand washstands, and a miscellaneous quantity of
French galvanized roofing iron. The right is re-
served to re : ect any or all bids or any parts thereof.
Articles can be seen at Mcunt Hope during working
hour? Bids must be plainly marked "Proposals for
purchase of washstands and galvanized roofing, to be
opened June 14, 1911" and addiessed to
C. Nixon. Depot Quartermaster.
MOVEMENT OF OCEAN VESSELS.
There have been no changes in the prices of cold
storage articles from the list published in The Canal
Record last week.
Lost — At Gorgona, May 20, a watch fob of a polished
sea bean with gold band and gold figure of a 1 angaroo
on a silk ribbon. Reward if returned to Coiamission
clubhouse, or Chas. B. Bordt, Gorgona, C. Z.
Rainfall from May 1 to 31, 1911, Inclusive.
Pacific Section —
Central Section —
Atlantic Section — ..
*Nombre de Dios.
*Bocas del Toro. .
♦Standard rain gage — readings at 5 p. m. daily.
Automatic rain gage at unstarred stations — values
midnight to midnight.
May Rainfall for Three Years.
Miraflores. . .
Rio Grande. .
Camacho. . . .
Alhajuela. . .
El Vigia ....
San Pablo . . .
Cristobal. . . .
WEATHER CONDITIONS, CANAL ZONE. MAY, 1911.
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The following is a list of the sailings of the Panama
Railroad Steamship Company; of the Royal Mail
Steam Packet Company; of the Hamburg-American
Line, and of the United Fruit Company's Line; the
Panama Railroad Company's dates being subject to
- new york to Cristobal.
Advance P. R. R . . .Tuesday . . .June 6
Colon P. R. R . . . Monday June 12
Allianca P. R. R. . .Saturday. . .June 17
Ancon P. R. R. . .Saturday. . .June 24
Advance P. R. R . . .Friday June 30
Colon P. R. R. ..Friday July 7
Allianca P. R. R. . .Thursday ...July 13
Panama P. R. R. . .Wednesday . July 19
Advance P. R. R. . .Tuesday July 25
Colon P. R. R. , .Monday.. . -July 31
Allianca P. R. R. . .Saturday. . Aug. 5
Panama P. R. R. . .Saturday. . Aug. 12
Advance P. R. R. .Friday Aug. 18
Colon P. R. R. Thursday... Aug. 24
Allianca P. R. R . Wednesday .Aug. 30
CRISTOBAL TO NEW YORK.
Ancon P. R. R. . .Tuesday June 13
Advance P. R. R. . .Sunday. . . .June 18
Colon P. R. R. . .Saturday. . .June 24
Allianca P. R. R . . . Friday June 30
Panama P. R. R. . .Thursday .. .July 6
Advance P. R. R. . .Wednesday .July 12
Colon P. R. R . . . Wednesday .July 19
Allianca P. R. R. . .Tuesday July 25
Panama P. R. R. . .Monday. . . .July 31
Advance P. R. R. . .Sunday. . . .Ang. 6
Colon P. R. R. ..Saturday. ..Aug. 12
Allianca P. R. R. . .Friday Aug. 18
Panama P. R. R. . Thursday. .Aug. 24
Advance P. R. R. . .Wednesday. Aug. 30
NEW YORK TO COLON.
Almirante U. F. C . . . Thursday . . .June 1
Prinz Aug. Wilhelm. . .H.- \ Saturday. . .June 3
Santa Marta U. F. C . . .Thursday . ..June 8
Prinz Sigismund H.-A Friday June 9
Trent R. M Saturday. . June 10
Metapan U. F. C. . .Thursday .. .June 15
Prinz Joachim H.-A Saturday. . .June 17
Zacapa U. F. C . . .Thursday .. .June 22
Prinz Eitel Friedrich. .H.-A Friday June 23
Magdalena R. M Saturday . . .June 24
Almirante U. F. C . . .Thursday. ..June 29
Prinz Aug. Wilhelm. . .H.-A Saturday. . .July 1
Santa Malta U. F. C. . .Thursday. .. .July 6
Clyde R. M Saturday. . July 8
Prinz Sigismund H.-A Friday July 7
COLON TO NEW YORK.
Zacapa U. F. C . . .Thursday ...June 8
Prinz Eitel Friederich . H.-A Saturday. . .June 10
Magdalena R M Tuesday . . .June 13
Almirante U. F. C . . .Thursday.. .June 15
Prinz Aug. Wilhelm ... H.-A Tuesday June 2o
Santa Marta U. F. C . . .Thursday ...June 22
Prinz Sigismund H.-A Saturday. . .June 24
Clyde R. M Tuesday June 27
Metapan U. F. C . . .Thursday. .June 29
Prinz Joachim H.-A Tuesday. ...July 4
Zacapa U. F. C. . .Thursday... July 6
Prinz Eitel Fredrich ... H.-A Saturday . . .July 8
Atrato R. M Tuesday . . . July 1 1
NEW ORLEANS TO COLON.
Atenas U. F. C . . . Saturday . . . June 3
Cartago U. F. C . . .Wednesday .June 7
Turrialba U. F. C. . .Saturday. . .June 10
Parismina U. F. C. . .Wednesday .June 14
Abangarez U. F. C . . .Saturday. . .June 17
COLON TO NEW ORLEANS.
Abangarez U. F. C . .. Thursday .. . June 8
Heredia* U. F. C. . .Thursday. ..June 8
Atenas U. F. C. . .Thursday... June 15
Cartago* U. F. C. . .Thursday ...June 15
Turrialba U. F. C. . .Thursday ...June 22
Parismina* U. F. C . . .Thursday ...June 22
The Hamburg-American steamers leave Colon for
New York via Kingston at 10 a. m. on sailing dates.
The Prinz August Wilhelm and Prinz Joachim call at
Santiago, Cuba, on both outward and homeward
voyages. A ship will leave Colon for Bocas del Toro
at 5 p. m. on June 14 and July 12. and for Port Limon
at 5 p.m. on June 14.
The Leyland line steamer Louisianian sails for New
Orleans, via Port Limon, on or about Sunday, June 25.
Royal Mail steamers leave for New York on alternate
Tuesdays, at 12 noon; for Southampton on alternate
Tuesdays at 10 a. m.
United Fruit Company's ships for New Orleans direct
leave on Thursdays at 3 p. m.; ships designated (*)
for New Orleans via Port Limon and Puerto Barrios
on Thursday at 4 p. m.; ships for New York via Kings-
ton on Thursday at 11 a. m.; for Bocas del Toro on
Monday at 6 p. tn.
ANCON, CANAL ZONE, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 1911. No. 42.
The Canal Record
Published weekly under the authority and supervision of
the Isthmian Canal Commission.
The Canal Record is issued free of charge, one copy
each, to all employes of the Commission and Panama
Railroad Company whose names are on the gold roll.
Extra copies and back numbers can be obtained from the
news stands of the Panama Railroad Company for five
Address all Communications
THE CANAL RECORD,
Ancon, Canal Zone,
Isthmus of Panama.
No communication, either for publication or requesting
information, will receive attention unless signed with the
full name and address of the writer.
NOTES OF PROGRESS.
Excavation in Culebra Cut.
The excavation in Culebra Cut in May
was the greatest of record for that month —
1.298,600 cubic yards, as compared with
1.126.963 cubic yards for May, 1909. All
but 360 cubic yards of this was excavated
by steam shovel, the proportion of rock and
earth being 1,149,886 and 14S.354 cubic yards,
respectively. The average number of shovels
at work was 38.62, the working days 26, and
the average excavation per shovel per day
was 1,293 cubic yards. At the end of the
month there had been excavated in this
section 64,113,849 cubic yards, and there
remained 20,072,875 cubic yards, the exca-
vation, therefore, being over 76 per cent
Canal Work in May.
The grand total of Canal excavation to
June 1 was 140,321,112 cubic yards, leaving
to be excavated 42,216,654 cubic yards, or
less than one-fourth of the entire amount for
the completed Canal.
The total for May was 2,570,592 cubic
yards, as compared with 2,477,618 cubic
yards in May, 1910, and 2,896.095 cubic yards
in May, 1909. All the excavation was "work
excavation," there, being no "plant excava-
The dry excavation amounted to 1,483,463
cubic yards and was principally by steam
shovels. The dredges removed 1,062,225 cubic
yards, and 24,904 cubic yards were sluiced, in
addition to the amount pumped into Gatun
Dam by suction dredges. The progress on
the locks at Gatun. Pedro Miguel, and Mira-
flores is referred to elsewhere in this issue.
In the Atlantic Division, the total excava-
tion was 596,337 cubic yards. Of this total,
82,159 cubic yards were dry excavation, and
the remainder was removed by the dredges
in the Atlantic entrance.
The total excavation in the Central Divi-
sion was 1,328,883 cubic yards, of which all
but 500 yards were from the prism.
In the Pacific Division, the total excavation
was 645,372 cubic yards, 54S.047 cubic yards
of which were taken out by the dredges at
the Pacific entrance.
A detailed statement of the excavation, and
a summary of the work on the locks and
Dry excavation —
Locks, Dam and Spill-
Locks, Dam and Spill-
Total wet and dry
D*-y excavation —
IV et excavation —
Dry excavation —
Locks, Dams and Spill-
Prism, south of Pedro
Wet excavation —
■ 548 047
Total wet and dry
Mean rainfall along Canal (twelve stations! 13.78
By "Work" Excavation is meant excavation actu-
ally made for one of the constituent parts of the Canal,
such as Prism. Diversions, or Locks, etc.: that is. it
represents material taken from the area to be occu-
pied by the Canal, and constitutes excavation useful
for the completed Canal.
By "Plant" Excavation is meant excavation outside
of any of the constituent parts of the Canal, such as
Prism, Diversions, or Locks, etc. It includes mate-
rial necessary to be excavated for construction pur-
poses only and is chargeable against the particular
plant item for which it is performed, such as Prism,
Diversions, Locks, etc.
DAM AND LOCK CONSTRUCTION.
Concrete laid in locks.
Concrete laid in dams
Fill placed in dams. . .
Atlantic. Pacific. Total
Gatun Locks Excavation Completed.
Excavation in Gatun Locks is finished, all
the earth and rock in the chambers south of
the caisson sill having been removed. What
remains to be dug out is outside of the locks
proper in the approach channel on the north,
and this will be excavated by suction dredge
down to rock, and the rock will be removed
by steam shovels.
The excavation in the locks has been prac-
tically completed for some time, but small
slides on both banks of the pit prevented
actual completion. One on the east bank,
half the length of the lower lock, was par-
ticularly troublesome, but a toe wall of con-
crete has been constructed as far north as
the caisson sill, and it is believed this will
prevent any further movement of the bank.
Small slides, amounting to 200 or 300 cubic
yards at a time, have been causing con-
siderable inconvenience on the west side of
the locks, and these may continue three or
four weeks more, or until a portion of the lock
wall has been built across the front of the
space where the material is sliding. The lock
excavation was begun in October, 1906, and
there had been removed to June 1. a total
of 5,225,000 cubic yards.
Erecting the Lock Gates.
The work of erecting the guard gates in the
upper or south locks at Gatun has been begun
in accordance with the method outlined in
The Canal Record of May 10. In the east
lock, four stories of both leaves of the guard
gate are in position, and in the west lock the
first story has been erected. None of the
outside plates have yet been riveted on. It
is planned to erect the south guard gates in
both locks, and turn them over to the riveters,
who will drive the rivets while the erectors
are working on the operating gates. In this
way the work will be carried on in two parts,
the erectors immediately preceding the riv-
eters, until the whole 92 leaves for all the locks
are completed. The contractor expects to
have the first guard gates at Gatun erected
by the end of July, when riveting will be
begun on them, and the construction bridges
will be moved northward over the location
of the upper operating gates, so that the
erection of the second line of gates may be
begun Forty men are now at work, and
about three times this number will be em-
ployed by the end of July.
The second shipment of gate material,
about 2,000 tons, has arrived, making a total
of about 3,500 tons now on the Isthmus. The
contractors' plants in the States are turning
out 150 tons of material for the lock gates
Sluicing in Central Division.
Excavation in the lake region of the Canal,
between Gatun and Bas Obispo, is now con-
fined to the work of two contractors, one of
whom is working at Bohio, and the other at
Gorgona, both using a form of sluicing.
At Bohio, E. C. McFarland & Co. are
excavating earth and soft rock by the sluicing
THE CANAL RECORD
Vol. IV., No. 42.
NOTES OF PROGRESS.
method, and hard rock by pan car. They
used the sluicing method on a contract of
35,500 cubic yards at Tabernilla, where all
of the material was earth. The plant consists
of two 8-inch three-stage turbine pumps,
driven by an Ames engine of 200-horsepower,
and discharging into a 12-inch main, from
which there are leads for two monitors. Two
or 3-inch nozzles are used, according to
the character of the material to be cut. With
the 2-inch, 150 pounds pressure is obtained
at the nozzle, and with the 3-inch, 100
pounds. At Bohio, about 50 per cent of the
material is soft rock and the sluicing plant
handles this profitably on a grade as low as
one per cent. In May, 15,300 cubic yards were
excavated by this method at Bohio, and
there still remain to be taken out about
1 10,000 cubic yards, out of a total of 160,000.
It is believed that 110,000 cubic yards can
be removed by the sluicing method.
Opposite Gorgona, the contractor, B. B.
Duncan, is working with a 12-inch centri-
fugal pump, which raises water from the river
into sluice boxes, through which it carries
into the river material excavated with pick
and shovel. In May, 9,600 cubic yards were
excavated by this method.
A statement of the rock crushed at Ancon
quarry during the week ending June 10,
Porto Bello Crusher.
A statement of the work done at Porto
Bello crusher, by days, for the week ending
June 10, follows:
An excursion of the American Bankers'
Association to the Canal Zone has been
planned for November, 1911.
Work at Porto Bello.
The dock at Porto Bello for loading rock
from the quarry upon barges, to be conveyed
thence to Colon breakwater, has been com-
pleted. It is 128 feet long with a tail track
of the same length, and contains two tracks
for cars and one track for locomotive cranes.
The cars will be loaded in the quarry by
locomotive cranes and then hauled to the
dock, where two cranes, operating along the
front, will lift the rock upon barges.
In order to reduce the quantity of fine rock
in thecrushed stone forGatun Locks concrete,
a J-inch screen has been placed in the chute
from the crushers. This screen became clogged
frequently during the month of May, and on
that account, the quantity of rock crushed
fell to 58,000 cubic yards. Steps will be taken
to accomplish this screening without inter-
fering with the movement of rock through
the chute. The small rock screened from the
large is being used in municipal work at
Porto Bello, and is available for municipal
work elsewhere, and for use in making con-
The gasoline in a large tank in the rear of
a general store at Gorgona exploded on the
morning of June 7. Three Americans, and
four negroes were burned, none fatally.
CONCRETE WORK IN THE LOCKS.
About 67 per cent of the concrete for the system of three twin locks at Gatun has been laid,
the amount in place at the close of work on June 10, being 1,389,898 cubic yards, out of a total
A statement of the amount of concrete placed in the locks each day for the week ending
June 10, and of the total, follows; and a similar statement for the work in the spillway of Gatun
Dam is published elsewhere in this issue. The construction plant works 12 hours daily, and
the auxiliary plant 9 hours.
2-cubic yard mixers.
2-cubic yard mixers.
*The 322 } yards shown for the portable mixers are reenforced concrete, and were placed on the following days:
June 5th. 64}; June 6th, 45; June 7th, 59}; June 8th. 61}; June 9th. 45}; June 10th, 46}.
tAt 8.40 Monday morning. June 5. a caiload of sand was accidentally dumped from the trestle at mixer No. 2
onto the mixer engine, resulting in the shutting down of the two mixers. An electric motor was installed and
operations resumed the morning of June 7.
PEDRO MIGUEL LOCKS.
Concrete work in the locks at Pedro Miguel is about 79 per cent completed, 661,352 cubic
yards, out of a total of 837,400, having been placed at the close of work on June 10. The
record for each of the six eight-hour working days of last week, follows:
2-cubic yard mixers.
}-cubic yard mixer.
84 i 6:50 1 1
8:00 ■ 1
Over 19 per cent of the concrete for the system of two twin locks at Miraflores was in place
on June 10, the total amount on that date being 262,902 cubic yards, out of a total of approxi-
mately 1,362,000. The record for each of the six 8-hour working days of last week, follows:
2-cubic yard mixers.
2-cubic yard mixers.
}-cubic yard mixer.
placed. ' worked.
Concrete Hours No. of Large
placed. 1 worked. 1 mixers! stone.
June 5. . .
June 6. . .
June 7 . . .
June 8. . .
June 9. . .
June 10. .