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the total power distributed to consumers was 4,685,090 KWH, the total loss of power
in plant auxiliaries, transmission, and transformation being 642,750 KWH, or 12.06
per cent of the gross output.



THE PANAMA CANAL RECORD 679

Transmission line — There were no interruptions to transmission lin^ service during
the month. The work of taking the insulator resistance readings on all of the trans-
mission line insulator units was completed; 1,915 units were found to test below 2
megohms, and were marked for replacement.

Substations — All of the substations were operated throughout the month without
unusual incidents. Considerable work was accomplished in filtering oil in high ten-
sion circuit breakers, and samples of insulation oils were taken at all substations.

New construction work— Construction work performed for the Army and Navy is
separately reported. Work for The Panama Canal had reached the following status
of completion at the end of the month:

Per cent

.. ■ t ,» „ . . completed.

Installation of new battery at Miranores substation 100

Installation of 4 K-5 switches at Miraflores substation *62

Installation of two 1,000-ampere, K-13 switches, Cristobal substation 80

Installation of new 8,400 KVA transformer and 3 new tie-line equipments, Gatun substation... *8

Installation of 2 complete feeder equipments, Balboa substation 95

*No work done.

Marine work — Miscellaneous repairs and installations of electrical equipment were
made on 58 vessels during the month; 22 at Cristobal, and 36 at Balboa.

SHOP, FOUNDRY, AND DRY DOCK WORK.

For the first time in 2 years no large marine job involving the reconstruction of
a ship has been in progress at the Balboa plant of the Mechanical Division. The
marine work has been confined to routine overhauls and repairs or repairing break-
downs. Practically the same conditions have prevailed at the Cristobal plant.

A new intermediate piston was manufactured and installed on the Japanese steam-
ship Kifuku Maru at the Balboa shops. This was a rush job necessitating a night
force for the work, and was completed in considerably less time than estimated by the
surveyor. Repairs to the reduction gears of the steamship Dewey were completed.
The United States torpedo boat destroyer Thornton was dry-docked to repair damages
to the starboard propeller which had been encountered through touching the bank
while transiting the Canal. The ends of the blades were turned back through half
of a circle; the blades were straightened and brought back to the original surface;
cracks were welded; and the broken tips of 2 blades repaired by casting new metal
into a mold at the end of the tips in such manner that it fused with the old metal.
The propeller was balanced and replaced; a message received from the vessel after
departure from the port stating that the repaired propeller was performing very
satisfactorily. The salvaging of the steamships Olockson and Marne was completed
during the month and these vessels are now lying awaiting the disposition of the United
States Shipping Board.

The semiannual overhauling of the machinery of the U. S. mine planter Graham,
including cleaning and painting the hull, was completed at the Cristobal shops.
General repairs were made to the boilers, engines, and auxiliaries of the tugs Engineer
and Tavernilla. The steamship Caribbean was dry-docked and the boilers, engines,
pumps, and other auxiliaries overhauled for the annual inspection. Various repairs
were made on the steamship Balboa; the donkey boiler was removed, the coal bunkers
renewed, stern bushing rewooded, and power auxiliaries generally overhauled. The
struts, shafts, engines, and hull of the U. S. subchaser 285 were repaired; and the dam-
aged plates, angles, and other parts of the U. S. S. R-24 renewed. Repairs were
made on the refrigerating machinery, windlass, and pumps of the U. S. A. T. Mt.
Vernon, and a new crank shaft for the ice machine of the steamship Lake Elkwater
was made. All the boiler valves, fuel-burning system, condenser, winches, and pumps
of the latter vessel were overhauled. The following vessels received miscellaneous
repairs at Cristobal: U. S. S. Eagle No. 31, R-24, subchaser No. 285, Sciota, U. S.
A. T. Ml. Vernon, barge No. 53, U. S. mine planter Graham, steamships, Alismaar,
Allianca, Advance, Acajutla, Achilles, Balboa, Battonville, Belfort, Bologna, Botsford,
Calamares, Caribbean, Cartagen , Cartago, Cauca, Chinampa, Colon, Europa, General
Goethals, General Gorgas, Guatemala, Haiti, Hawarden, Huallaga, Lake Elkwater, Lake
Fithian, Lake Larga, Lake Lesa, Lame Crynssen, Mantaro, Marne, Montevideo, Newport,
Nika, Panama, Pansday, Parismina, Pasadena, Poleric, Robin Adair. San Juan,
Sudbury, Ulua, Ulysses, Urubamba, Van Rensselaer, Watonwan, West Carnifax, and
Zacapa; schooner Laura C. Hall, yacht Louise; tugs Engineer, Sanidad, and Taver-
nilla; launches Activo, Eunice, and Pequini, barges Nos. 19, 29, and Darien, P. S. N.
Co. barge 5. Twelve vessels were dry-docked; U. S. S. Eagle No. 31, subchaser
No. 285, barge No. 53, steamships Balboa, Caribbean, and Cartagena, tugs Engineer,
Sanidad, Tav^nilla, barges No. 19, and P. S. N, Co. barge 5, launch Pequini.



680



THE PANAMA CANAL RECOBP



The following vessels were repaired at Balboa shops and dry dock: U. S. S. Eagle
No. 57, Gen. Geo. W. Getty, subchasers Nos. 284 and V-12, Sciota, Tacoma, and Thorn-
ton' No. 270, cable steamer Guardian, yacht Gloriana, dredge Culebra, launch Vacuum,
barges A.L., and No. 226, scows No. 139 and 140; steamships Anyo Mam, Anyox,
Bearport, Caddo, Cajacet, Cansumset, Cathwood, Cerro Gordo, City of Para, Coalinga,
Crisficld, Dewey, Eastern Cross, Eastern Ocean, Eastern Victor, Edgecombe, Edna, Gen.
W.C. Gorgas, J. A. Bostwick, Jamaica, Joan of Arc, John Adams, Kenkon Mam.
Khakatane, Kifuku Maru, Lady Sybil, Lake Flynus, Lake Gebhart, Northumberland,
Olockson, Peru, Point Judith, Poto'si, Rajah, San Joaquin, S. V. Harkness, and Wm.
Henrv Webb, motorship Ansaldo San Gorgio II. Eight vessels were dry-docked:
U. S.'S. Gen. Geo. W. Getty, Sciota, subchaser V-12, Thornton No. 270; steamship
Peru; barge No. 226, scows Nos. 139 and 140.

The foundry output of the Mechanical Division in patterns and castings for May,
as compared with April, is shown below:





May.




April.






Patterns.

46

3

18


Casting!:.

1,055

568

1,370


Pounds.

141,362
44,235
11,759


Patterns.
32
12
10


Castings.
1,137
1,151
1,903


Pounds.
76,801




48,683




14,388




67


2,993


197,356


54


4,191


139,872



The ordinary repair and maintenance work of this division for the month included,
among other items, the following:



Cars repaired .



2,060



«„ars repaneu • • . 04 ~

Locomotives and cranes repaired. . ... . . • \m%

Passenger coaches packed, cleaned, oiled, and inspected 615

Freight cars repacked l ft24

Locomotives hostled " ' ii%

Cranes hostled ^ 8

Locomotives ridden 8 ^

Locomotives inspected ~.

Crews instructed in handling locomotives tt

Crews instructed in oil and fuel economy J*

Crews instructed in air brakes ,-

Cranes, locomotive, inspected

BUILDING CONSTRUCTION.

The Building Division had brought the following different items of construction
work to the completion indicated, on May 31: Percent

completed.



Colon stables:
East half —

Six stables

One latrine

Feed room and quarters

Deposit pits

West half-
Six stables

Five wagon sheds _

One feed room

One shop building

Silver townsite, Mt. Hope:

Commissary

Two houses, married quarters

Two houses, married quarters

Two houses, married quarters

Two houses, married quarters

Two houses, married quarters

Two houses, married quarters

Two houses, married quarters

Four houses, married quarters

Two houses, married quarters

Two houses, married quarters

Two houses, married quarters

Bachelor quarters

Cristobal incinerator.

Combination shop and storehouse, Cristobal. .. :•■■•■

Royal Mail Steam Packet Company s office, Cristobal.

Moving 3 type-7 houses from Las Cascadas to New Cristobal w

Oil tank (55,000 barrels capacity), Cristobal 100

Shed over roadway and cattle pen, abattoir 100

Playshed, New Cristobal 05

Alterations, Cristobal clubhouse. 10

Ten-stall addition to garage. New Cristobal ............

Applying specification roofing, cold storage plant, Cristobal J s

Applying specification roofing Pier 6, Cristobal

National Catholic War Council building. Ba boa. "

Bake shop, workroom, and storage room building, Ancon Hospital '*

Oil tank (55,000 barrels capacity), Balboa 9S

Alter ations, Balboa clubhouse • ■ •

(•) Completed, except plastering; no work done. (t) No work done, ({) Not itarted.



f85

95

t95

60
40

w

75
100
90
80
75
65
60
40
30
15
10
7

95
60
20
90



THE PANAMA CANAL RECORD



681



Per cent
completed .

Alterations, Ancon restaurant. 90

Demolition of old French pier. . ." 75

Moving 3 type-7 houses from Las Cascadas to Pedro Miguel 85

Moving 2 four-family quarters, Las Cascadas to Quarry Heights 5

Moving 2 four-family quarters. Las Cascadas to Quarry Heights 2

Moving garage, Las Cascadas to Pedro Miguel 80

Addition to nurses' quarters, Corozal 88

Building construction work performed for the Army and Navy is separately
reported.

DREDGING DIVISION.

Cucaracha slide was periodically active throughout the month. Two dipper and
1 suction dredges working continuously removed 427,900 cubic yards of earth and
rock from the slide area, leaving at the end of the month 143,800 cubic yards between
stations 1805 and 1814. A channel varying from 150 to 175 feet in width with a mini-
mum depth of 34 feet was maintained during the month with slight interference to
Canal traffic. On May 31 the dredges had removed a total of 1,027,500 cubic yards
of earth and rock since the slide of February 22, 1920. The drill boat Teredo No. 2
was engaged throughout the month in drilling and blasting large boulders at Cucaracha
slide; and graders Nos. 1 and 3 also working continuously during the month sluiced
approximately 48,900 cubic yards from the slide. East Culebra and Barge Repair
slides showed no movement in May.

The total excavation by dredges during May was 575,564 cubic yards, as follows:



Cubic yards.


Classified as —


Character
of work.


Stations.




Equipment


Earth.


Rock.


(a) 202,600


60,800


141.800




Cucaracha Slide.
1804-00 to 1814-00 E. and W




(a) 183,200


55,000! 128,200 Maintenance


1804-00 to 1814-00 E. and W




(a) 34,600


13,900 20,700
3,000 4.500


Maintenance

Maintenance

Maintenance

Aux. construction. .


1812-00 to 1818-00 E. and W


No. 85.


(a) 7,500


1812-00 to 1814-00 E


No. 84.


(6) 70,000


70,000




Pacific Entrance.
2110-80 to 2131-50 E


No. 84.


(6) 4.000




4,000


2110-80 to 2131-50 E


No. 84.


ib) 51,000


51,000
Sand and
gravel.
22.664


2131-50 to 2137-50 E ..


N0.8S.


(c) 22,664
















575,564 1 276,364 | 299,200









(a) Gaillard Cut.



(b) Pacific Entrance.



(c) Chagre8 River.



The excavated material, was dumped as follows:



Gatun Lake north of Gamboa. .

Canal north of Gold Hill

Canal south of Cucaracha Slide.

Flats north of Arsenal fill

Arsenal fill at Corozal

Gamboa gravel plant



Cubic yards.
346,600
39,200
42,100
51,000
74,000
22,664



Total 575 ,564

The following excavation remained to be done on June 1:



Location.


Earth.


Rock.


Total.




Cu~ yds.


Cu. yds.
25,000
82,900


Cu. yds.
25,000
133,400




50,500






50,500


107,900
2,100
13,400


158,400
2 100






109,850


123,250






160,350


123,400


283,750



MUNICIPAL ENGINEERING DIVISION.

Northern District.
The Municipal Engineering Division had the following items of construction work
under way on May 31 with completion as shown:

Per cent

. . completed.

Municipal work between 7th and 9th and "G" and "K" Streets, Colon:

Roads



Grading

Water lines.



95

30

*99



* No work done.



682



THE PANAMA CANAL RECORD



Per cent
Municipal work between 7th and 9th and "G" and "K" Streets, Colon— Continued: completed.

Alleyways pg

Sanitary sewers .!..!..!..!!....!!.!!.....!..!!.' 99

Storm sewers ' ' ' ' jqq

Sidewalks go

Municipal work, New Cristobal townsite:

Grading *j5

Roads 95

Water lines .......' 70

Sanitary sewers ['[ *75

Storm sewers g0

Two tennis courts, Gatun !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 100

Road to garage, New Cristobal ..................................].. 100

Installation of water and sewer system, new Panama Railroad station, Gatun. . . . ............ 85

Construction of sidewalks on Lighthouse and Telephone Row, Gatun 10

Drilling wells at Chagres village (t)

* No work done. (t) Three wells sunk without finding water.

_ No work was done during the month on the municipal work for the new silver town-
site, Mt. Hope, the ten 12-family silver quarters, Mt. Hope, or the road to the new
incinerator, Mt.Hope. All work for the west half, Colon stables, has been completed
with the exception of roads, these being 98 per cent completed.

Southern District.

Per cent.
t, ^ „ ., completed.

Box sewer, Panama Railroad yards 75

Road from lumber shed to Diablo Hill !..'.'!..'!!..'!.!!!!.!" 99

Demolition of Calidonia bridge 90

No work was done on the storm sewer, Javillo fill; the sewer, Northern Avenue to
beach; the municipal work for 3 type-18 houses at Balboa; the concreting of the
Panama Tramway line, Calidonia crossing, or installing of sewer and water lines for
the Central and South American Telegraph and Cable Company's buildings at Bal-
boa. There were 16.613 square yards of macadam road refloated, oiled, and sanded
in the Pedro Miguel district, and 3,590 linear feet of water pipe was taken up and
relaid. Construction work for the Army and Navy is separately reported.

The total output of all pumping stations for May was 834,064,350 gallons; and
that of the 3 filtration plants, 509,616,000 gallons. The consumption for Panama
City was 87,781,000 gallons, and that for Colon, 64,823,500 gallons. Sales of water
to 188 vessels at Cristobal and 115 at Balboa totaled 13,149,742 gallons.

There were 2,709 tons of garbage and 15 dead animals consumed at the Gavilan
Island incinerator during May. It is anticipated that the new incinerator at Cris-
tobal will be placed in operation about August 1.

WORKING FORCE.

(Effective May 19, 1920.)



Department or Division.


Gold.


Silver.


Total.


Operation and Maintenance:

Office


37
442
256
113
166
180
1,054
171
53


42
1,510

321
1,346

591
1,108
1,788

496

238


79


Building Division


1,952


Electrical Division


577


Municipal Engineering Division


1,459


Lock operation


757


Dredging Division


1,288


Mechanical Division


2,842


Marine Division


667


Fortifications


291






Total


2,472

226
37

312
29
10


7,440

1,933
398

1,648
980
100


9,912


Supply Department:

Quartermaster


2,159


Subsistence


435




1,960


Cattle Industry


1,009




110






Total


614
261
248
583


5,059

10

847

246


5,673


Accounting


271


Health Department


1,095


Executive Department


829






Total


1,092

72
147
103
113


1,103

558

179

1,475

1,317


2,195


Ptnima Railroad:


630


Transportation


326




1,578




1,430






Total


435


3,529


3,964








4,613


17,131


21,744



THE PANAMA CANAL RECORD 683



OCCUPATION OF QUARTERS.



Occupants of Panama Canal and Panama Railroad quarters on May 31 were classi-
fied as follows:





Men.


Women.


Children.


Total.




3,705

156

4,689


2,236

27

1,801


2,409

42

3,431


8,350




225




9,921






Total


8,550


4,064


5,882


18,496



PUBLIC HEALTH.

There were 34 cases of malaria in May, 13 of which were nonresident, with no
deaths. Influenza cases totaled 40, as compared with 314 in April and 801 in March;
8 deaths occurred from influenza and 16 from pneumonia, as compared with 24 from
influenza and 28 from pneumonia in April. Ten cases of chickenpox were reported
for May; 44 for the preceding month. Three cases of typhoid fever were reported,
the patients thought to have become infected at Las Sabanas. There were 6 cases of
smallpox, 5 in the city of Panama and 1 nonresident. One case of leprosy and 1
case of scarlet fever were discovered, both in Panama.

RECEIPTS AND SALES OF MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES.

The total value of material ordered on United States requisitions and received dur-
ing May was $935,219.76; April receipts were $754,085.60. Of the May receipts
$919,924.76 was chargeable to Operation and Maintenance; $2,272.23 to Construc-
tion and Equipment; and $13,022.77 to miscellaneous departments. The total cash
sales on the Isthmus from storehouses and obsolete store amounted to $367,600.96,
of which $365,371.51 was for stock material including fuel oil in the amount of
$321,825.34; $1,249.51 for scrap; and $979.94 for obsolete and second-hand
material.

Sales of material from storehouses to steamships for May amounted to $337,382.56,
of which $29,425.87 was for miscellaneous stock items and $307,382.56 for fuel oil.
Total sales of commissary supplies to all purchasers for the month amounted to
$1,114,634.44 made up as follows: To steamships other than United States Govern-
ment vessels and those of the Panama Railroad Steamship Line, $109,908.05; to
The Panama Canal, $133,441,32; to the United States Government, including the
Army and Navy, $176,523.94; to individuals and companies, mainly through charge
accounts in the retail commissaries, $25,715.78; to the Panama Railroad, including
its steamships and the Hotel Washington, $36,777.66; and to individuals purchasing
coupons, $632,267.69.

FINANCIAL RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES.

The cash balance in Canal appropriations on May 31, exclusive of Fortifications,
was $12,372,395.10; the balance in Fortifications was $5,728,754,53. Payments from
appropriations made by the Disbursing Clerk, Washington, amounted to $479,713.02,
and by the Paymaster on the Isthmus to $1,668,341.86. Purchase of commissary
books from the Panama Railroad Company amounted to $368,390.84.

Collections of tolls on the Isthmus totaled $828,476,21. Deposits of $63,249
were made with the Assistant Treasurer of the United States to be applied in payment
of tolls and other charges against vessels using the Canal. The total Panama Canal
collections on the Isthmus were $2,449,277.47; and collections by the Disbursing
Clerk, Washington, $130,877.48. Receipts from Canal Zone and miscellaneous funds
were $192,290.08; disbursements from the same source were $238,052.25. May
payrolls on the Isthmus totaled $1,312,538.44, as compared with $1,359,398.45 for
April, a decrease for this month of $46,860.01.

Respectfully,

Chester Harding,

Governor.



Postal and Cable Addresses of The Panama Canal.

The postal address is, "The Panama Canal, Balboa Heights. Canal Zone," or "The Panama
Canal, Washington, D. C."

Mails for ships passing through the Canal or touching at either of the terminal ports should be
addressed to "Cristobal, Canal Zone."

The cable address of The Panama Canal, on the Isthmus. i» "Pancanal. Panama:" In the
United States, "Pancanal, Washington."



684



THE PANAMA CANAL RECORD



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THE PANAMA CANAL RECORD



687



The Sunken "Marne" Being Restored at Balboa Shops.

The steamship Marne, which was sunk at Cristobal on January 24
and again on March 6 to extinguish fire in the hold, was towed through
the Canal to Balboa on July 3, and is being restored at Balboa shops.
A great deal of work is to be done on her, and the exact extent of it
can not be determined at this time. The work now under way is
directed first at removing the engines and auxiliary machinery, so
that they can be overhauled in the shops and replaced, and the next
step will be the removal of the amidships deck structure, salvaging
some of the material for use in rebuilding. In the meantime ,all
damaged plates are being examined and marked. The preliminary
survey will afford data for the ordering of any extra material needed



Online LibraryIsthmian Canal Commission (U.S.Panama Canal record (Volume v.13(1919-20)) → online text (page 111 of 128)