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South American intercoastal



Atlantic to Pacific



No.
of



10 Panama
Canal net
tonnage



252,977



7,576
86,529
18,528
30,407
43,833
137,236

4,359

25,331

6,264



Tons

of
cargo



10 As measured under present Panama Canal rules.



160,139



3,232
12,472
11,088
26,172.
39,496
216,776



21,632
11,974



Pacific to Atlantic



No.

of
ships



10 Panama
Canal net
tonnage



259,294

14,062
7,418
85,564
10,512



53,304
31,316



Tons

of
cargo



388,719

23,129

3,138

203,373

17,154



71,537
25,698



16,754



February 15, 1939



THE PANAMA CANAL RECORD



115





Atlantic to Pacific


Pacific to Atlantic


Trade route


No.

of

ships


10 Panama
Canal net
tonnage


Tons

of
cargo


No.

of

ships


10 Panama
Canal net
tonnage


Tons

of
cargo


East coast South America and:

Canada

Far East


1
3

5

17

1


4,415

16,758

3,386
9,474

3,698


6,482
15,313

3,315

6,789

7,232


1
1

5
18

1
2


4,551
5,425

3,314

10,968

8,259
3,983


6,515
3 649


Cristobal and:


3 989




9 080


West Indies and:


15,369
6,755






1
1
1

30

48

2

19

11

1

1


1,153

6,332
2,456

148,289

240,380

5,936

100,244

84,946

6,037

4,313




South America

Far East


13,475
4,840

3,100

38,309
4,088
38,085
69,354
7,926
8,000


1


8,145


17,164


Europe and:


12

60


52,071
300,720


85 866




460,287


Central America/Mexico




21
12
4


108,549
76,559
19,489


162,048

77 586




Far East


27,483


Africa and Far East


Asia and:


1
1


1,778
6,672


1 740


Around the world

Foreign vessels in ballast (United States intercoastal) . .


2

4
11 3


9,604
17,511

2,268


7.490


8,220






12 1














Total


282


1,290,505


752,025


243


1,090,411


1 641 335







10 As measured under present Panama Canal rules. u Yachts. 12 Cruiser.



Origin and Destination of Cargo by Major Areas, January 1939

The following table summarizes the origin of cargo passing through the Canal in
January 1939, and its destination by major geographical trade areas:

ATLANTIC TO PACIFIC





Tons of cargo destined for —




Origin


United
States


Other
North
America


Asia


South
America


Austral-
asia


Total


North America:


165,971

S.979

27,440

4,433


16,975
18,465
14,835
3,152


261,048
4,902
4,531
11,058


11,848
25,934
32,630
14,666


22,719
25,686

67,781
8,972


478,561
83,966

147,217
42,281


Other North America
Europe




Total


206,823


53,427


281,539


85,078


125.15S


752,025



PACIFIC TO ATLANTIC





Tons of cargo destined for—




Origin


United
States


Other

North

America


Europe


Miscel-
laneous

10,356
2,151


Total


North America:


381,935
23,129
20,292

200,085
5,966

100,312


30,412
7,702
4,330
30,770
11,785
3,417


207,140
335,216
2,983
160,704
76,589
25,478


629 843




368 198




27 605




106


391 665




94 340




477


129,684






Total


731,719


88,416


808,110


13,090


1,641 335







116



THE PANAMA CANAL RECORD



February 15, 19S9



Principal Commodities

Commodities in transit through the Canal which aggregated 10,000 or more long
tons, either during January 1939 or January 1938, are listed below:



Commodity



January



1938



1939



Commodity



January



1938



1939



Atlantic to Pacific

Automobiles and parts

Canned food products

Cement

Cotton, raw

Iron and steel manufactures

Machinery

Manufactured goods

Metals, various

Oils, mineral

Paper

Phosphates

Railroad material

Scrap metal

Sand

Slag

Sugar

Sulphur

Tinplate

Pacific to Atlantic

Barley

Beans, edible, dry



24,742
10,429

7,656

8,873
124,087
15,808
10,426
34,940
6S,583
23,261

3,792
28,365

S,987
10,817
10,883
14,971
10,396
14,873



20,931

9,625

14,076

20,380

123,141

10,634

14,312

29,536

98,538

35,078

32,808

6,958

95,972

3,391

3,363

759

14,597

16,703



18,580
16,669



26,844
13,646



Pacific to Atlantic— Continued

Canned food products

Coffee

Cold storage (food products) u

Copra

Cotton, raw

Flour

Fruit, dried

Fruit, fresh 14

Lumber

Metals, various

Nitrates

Oats

Oils, mineral

Oils, vegetable

Ores

Paper

Soy beans

Sugar

Wheat

Wood pulp

Wool



68,925
15,392
36,461
31,499
18,763
16,791
22,743
29,925

221,699
57,666

173,643
6,245

18S.827
15,097

196,103
11,057
16,218
81,620
92,137
31,712
8,218



118,478
16,390
32,493
15,802
8,488
12,193
22,645
47,897

307,232
51,749

122,307
15,735

221,912
14,196

140,078
5,981
17,389
89,969

192, 7S8
22,240
14,897



13 Does not include Iresh fruit.



14 Does not include bananas.



Commodities in Detail

The following statement lists all commodities passing through the Canal during
the month of January 1939, as reported in the cargo declarations showing the move-
ment by directions, in the United States intercoastal trade and in the total traffic.
In the cargo declarations, from which these commodity statistics are compiled, small
items are frequently grouped under the designation of "general cargo;" the statistics
are accordingly not precise but are indicative of the kinds and quantity of cargo in
transit through the Canal. The figures are for tons of 2,240 pounds:



Commodity



Aircraft and parts

Agricultural implements

Ammonium compounds

Animal foods 15

Apparel, wearing (hats, shoes, clothing, etc.) .
Asbestos .



Asphalt and tar

Automobiles (and autotrucks) ....
Automobile parts and accessories.

Bags and bagging, textile

Bamboo and products

Bananas



Barks, miscellaneous.
Barley .



Beans, edible, dry .
Beer



Beverages, nonalcoholic . . .

Blood and tankage

Bones and bone meal

Books and printed matter .
Borax



Bran and pollards

Bricks and tile

Camphor, crude

Canned and preserved goods:
Fish



Fruit

Meat

Milk

Soup

Vegetables

Miscellaneous and unclassified .
Carbon black



United States
intercoastal



Atlantic

to
Pacific



685
195
74
141
791
233
,567
936
133



120



794

,779

35

74

,885

313

,389

41



Pacific

to
Atlantic



49
12

7,397



462
186



16,677

25,945

18

2S1

498

8,845

13,045

5



Total for all trade
routes including
U. S. intercoastal



Atlantic

to
Pacific



2,311

3,190

74

141

2,512

6,953

14,277

6,654

415



60
293

80

30
371

96
720

10
,817



1,063

1,898

334

377

2,900

353

2,700

1,171



Pacific
to

Atlantic



73
1,335



57

5

87

907

7

25

126

474

3.446

907

26,844

13,646



50

29

6,270

808

9

56

28,511

60,018

94

1,090

532

8,879

19,354

11



15 Except as otherwise classified.



February 15, 1939



THE PANAMA CANAL RECORD



117



Commodity



United States
intercoastal



Atlantic

to
Pacific



Pacific

to
Atlantic



Total for all trade
routes including
U. S. intercoastal



Atlantic

to
Pacific



Pacific

to
Atlantic



Celite

Cement

Chalk

Charcoal

Chemicals I5

Clay, china and fire

Clay, filtering

Coal

Cocoa and cacao beans

Coconuts and products 15

Coffee

Coke

Cold storage and refrigerated products:
Dairy products



Fish

Lard

Meats

Poultry

Vegetables

Other and unclassified .

Confectionery

Copra

Corn

Cotton, raw

Creosote .



Drugs and medicines.
Dye



Earthenware

Eggs, dried

Electrical apparatus and appliances.

Enamelware and metahvare

Explosives

Extract, quebracho

Fertilizers 15

Fish, salted or dry-cured

Fish meal

Floor coverings

Flour

Fruit, dried

Fruit, fresh 15

Furniture and household goods

General

Glass and glassware

Glue

Grains ls

Groceries

Gums

Hair, all kinds

Hay



Hemp, unmanufactured .
Honey



506



42

2,337

565



63S
448
94



1,105

373

64

118



614

2,247

22



50



422
135
136



30
53
114
385
20



1,708



1,372
319



306

606

1



117



2,275

164

65

15

421

9,993

1,780

66

27

969

22

50



1,245
9,748
10,512
2,918

53
4,945

61



61



Hops

Horns and hoofs

Infusorial earth

Iron and steel, manufactures of (structural steel, plates, bars, angles,

pipe, etc.)

Ivory nuts.

Jute, unmanufactured

Lard substitute

Lime



59
10
87
215
43



55,385



1,433
474



Liquors

Lumber (including manufactured mill products) .

Machinery

Malt.



35
601

49
2,374
1,365
1,727



464

132,390

479



Manufactured goods 15 . . . .

Marble and granite

Matches

Metals:

Antimony

Copper

Gold and silver

Iron

Lead

Tin

Zinc

Other and unclassified.

Milk, powdered

Molasses and syrups

Nitrates



7,205



1,203
143



431



4,018



655

25

311

88
268



275

1,887



1,258

155

102

11

336



14,076

250

129

7,065

4,035



1,531

595

155

5,263

4,792

485
7
518
179
275



3
1,160



275

20,380

16

1,983

24

75



2,206

808

196

3,793

7,804

38



2,451

874

274

633

500

40,789

4,632

108

79

1,218

22

50

16

61



122
10



123,141

1

45

603

69

3,751

4,804

10,634

311

14,312

253

67

66
4,433



20,269

60

1,460

1,246

2,002



7,732
7,575



506
3



1,260
634
94



1,962

2,850

16,390

12

19,654

165

1,405

70

10,643

142

394

20

3

15,802

517



94



321

20

326

1,375

6



1X2



4,613

1,713

12,193

22,645

47,897

98

12,988

1,261

84

5

2,092

172

180

23

1,844

336

362



1,865

577

1,552

49

100



469
307,232



4,167



27,006
32



14,743

345

9,127

496

586

1,292

122,307



15 Except as otherwise classified.



118



THE PANAMA CANAL RECORD



February IS, 1939



16 Except as otherwise classified. 16 Cotton, silk, wool, rayon goods.



Commodity


United States
intercoastal


Total for all trade
routes including
U. S. intercoastal


Atlantic

to
Pacific


Pacific
to

Atlantic


Atlantic

to
Pacific


Pacific
to

Atlantic


Nuts, edible (including meats)


199
69

4


296
436


204

76

13,773
37,472
16,758
13.875
16,410
250

12

384

30


639


Oats


15 735


Oils, mineral:


38 869


Gas and fuel


59,003

13,239

13

867


66 172




6


97 591




17 772




5,698


1 508






Oils, vegetable:




530


8,675
1


Linseed


236


Olive






Peanut






1,436


Rapeseed








517


Wood


14

141
4




14

787

81

3S

2,549

1,394


1 117






2,450


Oil, fish


3,056


7,057


Oil, whale




45
1,394


84
115


347


Oilseed cake and meal


3,737


Ores:

Antimony


316


Chrome








2,500


Copper




1,651


98


4 388






171


Iron ; .








107,600


Lead






24


5,766


Magnesite




443


800


Manganese


400


400


3,553


Tin


85


3,998


Zinc






S.519




478
1,013
8,486

459


90

117

4,970


674

2,315

35,078

459


2,467


Paints and varnishes


176


Paper and paper products 16


5,981




5


Peas, dry


104


447






701
32,808

243

930
4,105

570
6,958
1,039

146
3,755

1,242

27

851

3,634

3,391

95,972

204

50

651

15

577

3,363

1,080

1,681

200

983

1,135

1,236

220

759

14,597

43

82

110

7,879

16,703

4,158

165

489




Phosphates


120

14
192

52
185

97

852

111

1,533

846






Plaster






Porcelainware. . . .


62
123

290


3,923


Potash


123


Rags and waste


582


Railroad material.




Rice


270
20


1 572


Rope and twine


670


Rosin


743


Rubber:


444


616




2,435


Scrap






34


Salt


58
18
9S


298


298


Sand


25


Scrap metal


255
371


679


Seeds (except oilseeds)


806




50
573




Shells, oyster




217


Silk, raw


161
1,945


2,787


Skins and hides




4,650


Slag






Slate


1,080
1,607

158
133
345
1,236
180
40
14,252






Soaps and products


24


59


Soda and sodium compounds:


287




55


55




172


Soy beans




17.3S9


Spices


93
16,704


139


Sugar


89,969


Sulphur


35


Talc


49
656

36
153


480


Tallow




2,712


Tea


59

3,236

6,601

227

161

172


1,310


Textiles »«


5,978




52




52

26


91




128








40


1,103


Wallboard


298 1


623


137



February 15, 1939



THE PANAMA CANAL RECORD



119



Commodity


United States
intercoastal


Total for all trade
routes including
U. S. intercoastal


Atlantic

to
Pacific


Pacific

to
Atlantic


Atlantic

to
Pacific


Pacific
to

Atlantic




263


199

56

1,238

16,757

712


1,211


304




192,788




74
15
12


514

8,890

109


2,136




22,240


Wool


14,897


Total, January 1939


165,971


381,935


752,025


1,641,335


Total, January 1938


153,050


321,302


603,175


1,492,227


Total, January 1937




69,710


508,209


1,347,728









Tanker Traffic

The following tabulation shows, according to trade routes, the tanker traffic through
the Canal during the month of January 1939:





Atlantic to Pacific


Pacific to Atlantic


Trade route


No.

of

ships


17 Panama

Canal net

tonnage


Tons

of
cargo


No.

of

ships


17 Panama

Canal net

tonnage


Tons

of
cargo




8

1
2
1
1
1

1
1

11
3


44,905

3,732
13,353
4,359
6,264
6,061

3,698
6,332

64,974
21,063




7


39,186


19 75,105


East coast United States and:






25,329


















11,974
12,221

is 7,232
13,475
















West Indies and:


1
1

5
4


8,259
8,145

32,589
24,704


15,369




17,164


Europe and:


62,984






49,769








Total


30


174,741


70,231


18


112,883


220,391



As measured under the present Panama Canal rules.



Molasses. i9 2,864 tons discharged at Cristobal.



Comparison of Canal Traffic in January 1939, with January Traffic
in Previous Years

(Ocean-going commercial vessels of 300 or more net tons, Panama Canal measurement)





Month of January


Fiscal year


Average per month for fiscal year


Calendar year


No.


Panama


Tons


No.


Panama


Tons




of


Canal net


of




of


Canal net


of




transits


tonnage


cargo




transits


tonnage


cargo






(000 omitted)


(000 omitted)






(000 omitted)


(000 omitted)


1915


"96


337


426


1915


20 100


361


466


1916


21 i


1


1


1916


60


199


258


1917


164


539


640


1917


145


483


588


1918


149


495


553


1918


165


547


627


1919


163


499


530


1919


162


510


576


1920


254


927


924


1920


199


712


781


1921


272


1,094


1,177


1921


232


950


966


1922


202


846


807


1922


222


951


907


1923


345


1,610


1,592


1923


325


1,550


1,631


1924


471


2,400


2,427


1924


429


2,179


2,249


1925


395


1,959


1,907


1925


382


1,904


1,996


1926


473


2,300


2,346


1926


424


2,064


2,169


1927


428


2,121


2,240


1927


441


2,184


2,311


1928


525
597


2,421
2,770


2,371
2,858


1928


521
524


2,453

2,485


2,468


1929


1929


2,554


1930


523


2,601


2,611


1930


502


2,497


2,502


1931


465


2,379


2,106


1931


447


2.314


2,089


1932


371


2,022


1,594


1932


364


1,968


1,650


1933


378


2,067


1,462


1933


347


1,900


1,513


1934


479


2,581


2,086


1934


436


2,379


2,059


1935


425


2,294


1,945


1935


432


2,317


2,109


1936


472


2,411


2,149


1936


449


2,335


2,209


1937


399


1,916


1,856


1937


467


2,404


2,507


1938


444


2,219


2,095


1938


460


"2,338


2,282


1939


525


23 2,571


2,393


1939 (7 months) . .


481


" 2,378


2,221



19 Canal opened August 15, 1914. 20 Canal closed part of month due to slides. 21 Average for 10! months of
fiscal year ended June 30, 1915. 22 As measured under the rules in effect prior to March 1, 1938. 23 Estimated
tonnage under Panama Canal rules in effect prior to March 1, 1938.



120



THE PANAMA CANAL RECORD



February 15, 1939



Terminal Activities

Ships repaired during the month of January 1939 numbered 64. Vessels released
from drydock numbered 13. Fuel oil amounting to 239,550 barrels was delivered as
bunkers to 1 16 commercial ships. Bunker coal amounting to 7,005 tons was delivered
to 31 commercial ships. Sales of commissary supplies to ships aggregated $120,462.63.



Cargo Handled at Terminal Ports



Local cargo arriving ' tons

Local cargo shipped tons

Cargo received for transshipment tons

Cargo transshipped tons

"Canal Zone for Orders" cargo:

Number of receipts issued

Number of releases issued

Tons received

Tons withdrawn



Cristobal



20,699

2,254

48,837

47,249

6
45
36
51



Balboa



10,797
566
881
293



Total



31,496
2,820
49,718
47,542

6
65
36
64



All Vessels Entering and Clearing Port





Port of Cristobal


Port of Balboa




No.
of

ships


Registered

gross

tonnage


Registered

net

tonnage


No.
of

ships


Registered

gross

tonnage


Registered

net

tonnage


Ships entering
All vessels, including those transiting Canal. .
Vessels entering port but not transiting Canal .
Vessels transiting Canal and handling passen-
gers and cargo at terminal ports


704
62

139


4,142,331

408,653

751,497


2,758,845
221,940

447, S29


658
8

117


3,781,697
40,162

721,666


2,560,834
24,404

438,992


Ships clearing
All vessels, including those transiting Canal..
Vessels clearing port but not transiting Canal.
Vessels transiting Canal and handling passen-
gers and cargo at terminal ports


699
60

137


4,122,308
400,890

743,905


2,745,687
217,632

442,102


661
10

117


3,796,834
42,860

724,854


2,572,146
26,670

440,711



Cargo Discharged and Laden at Terminal Ports

The following is a report of tons of cargo discharged and/or laden at Cristobal and
Balboa during the month from midnight January 10, 1939, to midnight February 10,
1939. Figures after names of vessels show, respectively, tons discharged and tons
laden :

CRISTOBAL



Istmo, 0, 360
Saarland, 0, 22S
Contessa, 0, 908
Delftdijk, 0, 180
Lobos, 25, 175
Luebeck, 17$, 264^
Monserrate, 108, 341
Brimanger, 5,
Samuel, Bakke, 10,
Abraham Lincoln, 8,

101
Platano, 774, 17
Seattle, 358,
Ermland, 5,
Santa Rita, 374,
Santa Clara, 400, 38
Sambu, 0, 146
Douro, 0, 12
Amerika, ^, 168
Jamaica, 42, 1,018
Tasmania, 588,
Nero, 415, 126
Bogota, 911, 620
Toloa, 603, 209
American Press, 604,

1,741
Buenaventura, 1,604,

462
Durazzo, 176, 678
Pasajero, 0, 4
Lysefjord, 0, 207J



Colombia, 58, 24
Ino, 0, 57
Cuba, 35,
Trois Ilets, 369,
Leipzig, 92, 13
Ceres, 6, 140
Talamanca, 79, 229
Santa Paula, 318, 88
John Cabot, 0, 644
Fella, 114,0
Historian, 217,
Lochmonar, 65, 151
Istmo, 428, 138
Peru, 87, 115
Yamabiko Maru, 646,
Maravi, 0, 73
Cefalu, 214, 1,011
Cordillera, 0, 7S6
Cuba, 0, 892
Orduna, 60, 2
Santa Lucia, 711, 29
Real, 0, 7
Salvador, 752, 415
San Anselmo, 200, 2|
Musa, 567, 2
Wyoming, 169, 29
Ancon, 3,243, 626
Naumburg, 124,
Muenchen, 60, 441
Bennekom, 304, 218
Santa Maria, 280, 439



Margaret Johnson, 66,

96
Veragua, 177, 1,068
Orotava, 11, 271
Cerigo, 679, 224
Ino, 468, 150
Sixaola, 703, 92
Este, 156i 237
Crawford Ellis, 1 pkg.,

336
Norden, 483,
Trois Ilets, 267, 54
Alabama, 501,
Komaki Maru, 372,
Douro, 268, 191
Clio, 336, 93
Palatia, 5, 166
Colombia, 2, 950
Santa Elena, 77, 50-J
Quirigua, 44, 69
San Vincente, 441, 11
Bockenheim, 0, 187
Santa Barbara, 449, 4
Contessa, 383, 800
Nozima Maru, 699,
Hoyanger, 28, 14
Istmo, 215, 432
Sambu, 0, 60
Weser, 555, 583^
Platano, 881, 105
Kaipara, 0, 57S



Pereira, 1,118, 549
Benj. Franklin, 5, 93
Osorno, 254, 428
Chiriqui, 141, 722
Guayaquil, 1,317, 530
Dinteldijk, 292, 69
Tai Yang, 1,158,0
Pasajero, 33, 18
Quito, 759,
Madoera, 74,
Canada, 0, 28
Ulua, 847, 308
Margaret Lykes, 567,

930
Allis:er, 478, 19
Nero, 265, 171
Clio, 552, 208
Sesostris, 72, 78H
Cerieo, 49, 611
San Francisco, 475, 351
Morviken, 595,
Trois Ilets, 194, 99
Tacoina, 95, 306
Thorstrand, 19,
Nuernberg, 127, 316
Hindanger, 2,
Santa Rita, 400, 98
Santa Inez, 287,
Jamaica, 49, 65
Santa Rosa, 194, 341
Milwaukee, 5,



Virgilio, 3, 334
Deborah, 0, 84
Istmo, 219, 317
Forbes Hauptmann,

1,543,
Acajutla, 744J,
Copiapo, 115,0
Canadian Reefer, 70,
San Diego, 111, 336
Arizona, 1,1,030
Cefalu, 779, 837
Moldanger, 6,
Annie Johnson, 255, 57
Tigre, 0, 405
Musa, 709, 37
Havelland, 293,
Lautaro, 76,
Santa Lucia, 50,
San Bernardino, 1,275,


Cristobal, 3,636, 818
Alkmaar, 0, 630
Drechtdijk, 216, 201
Telde, 339, 568
Dresden, 99, 1,166
De La Salle, 102, 1,144
Talamanca, 273, 450
Orotava, 260, 307
Santa Marta, 594, 92
Nero, 624, 169
Ino, 410, 112



February 15, 1939



THE PANAMA CANAL RECORD



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CRISTOBAL-Continued



Trois Ilets, 155,
Durazzo, 1,181, 706
Deborah, 14,
Shenandoah, 1,187,
Portland, 75, 241
Leme, 71, 238
Luebeck, 251, 419
Lagarto, 41', 05
Pericles, 73, 806
Veragua, 126, 4714



Santa Paula, 404, 233 Oropesa, 70, 1 pkg.

San Clemente, 896, Europa, 14, 165

Lochavon, 275, 287 Patria, 390, 1 1 2

Francis R. Hart, 5,644, Barneveld, 241, 730





Douro, 570, 39
Cadmus, 9, 531
Istmo, 400, 364
Buenos Aires, 10, 223
Acajutla, 0, 238



Contessa, 606, 667
Quito, 0, 830
Santa Clara, 379, 5
Real, 0, 29

John Cabot, 767, 595
City of Delhi, 92i,



Caribia, 131, 2534 Costa Rica, 64, 2

Sambu, 0, 114 Kansai Maru, 273,

Platano, 831, 10 Poseidon, 1,

Santa Barbara, 295, 32 Ino, 224, 237
Quirigua, 41, 349 Scholar, 191,

Buenva Ventura, 1,507, Toloa, 589, 131

349
Niel Maersk, 954, 453
Bogota, 840, 559
Rialto, 38, J



Samuel Bakke, 664, Santa Maria, 209, 2
Santa Clara, 209, Ferncastle, 5,783, 9
City of San Francisco, Hoyanger, 55,



243,0
Republic, 656, 315
Salvador, 2,
Santa Lucia, 2,
Cuyama, 7,398,



City of Norfolk, 764,
Tai Yang, 272,
Chaumont, 1,
San Francisco, 1,549,
Nourmahal, 1, 1



BALBOA

Nurnberg, 121, Santa Rita, 147,

Trois Ilets, 51, Acajutla, 1,

Forbes Hauptman, Santa Lucia, 95, 33



1,126, 20
Cerigo, 0, 54
City of Baltimore, 41S,


Maine, 1,159,



Rangitane, 47,



Niel Maersk, 233,
Tatsuno, Maru, 167,
Salinas, 9,251,
Santa Barbara, 230,



City of Newport News, Lebec, 10,211,

516,
Geisha, 91,
Santa Clara, 8,



Note. — Figures shown represent short tons of 2,000 pounds.



Passengers

During January 1939, ocean-ship passengers disembarking at Cristobal numbered
1,938, embarking 1,564; at Balboa, 631 disembarking and 698 embarking. Passen-
gers passing through the Canal from the Atlantic to the Pacific numbered 2,896,
from the Pacific to the Atlantic, 2,647. Aircraft numbering 98 entered Cristobal,
223 passengers disembarking; clearances were 96, with 262 passengers embarking.
Balboa entries of aircraft numbered 53, with 122 passengers disembarking; clearances
were 53, with 107 passengers embarking.



Comparison of Traffic at the Suez and Panama Canals for the Calendar

Years 1937 and 1938





Suez Canal


Panama Canal


Month


Number of transits


Percent


Number of transits


Percent




1937


1938


Increase


Decrease


1937


1938


Increase


Decrease




575
524
580
621
567
540
551
531
522
557
526
541


544
508
578
516
479
469
509
522
508
540
495
503




5.4
3.1
0.4
16.9
15.5
13.1
7.6
1.7
2.7
3.1
5.9
7.0


399
377
536
473
544
472
457
505
444
461
435
439


444
436
506
487
465
445
429
468
438
494
505
509


11.3
15.6




February




5.6




3.0




May


14.5

5.7


July




6.1






7.3






0.9




7.2
16.1
15.9
















Total


6,635


6,171




7.0


5,542


5,626


1.5





Information from American Consuls

The Consular officers of the United States at seaports all over the world are ex officio representatives
of The Panama Canal for the purpose of furnishing information to shipping and allied interests as to
conditions, charges, etc., at the Panama Canal affecting the operation of ships. The current publi-



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