Pedro Miguel Locks. Auxiliary Crane Dumping Concrete, Panama Canal


This photograph from the George Grantham Bain Collection at the Library of Congress is a scene from the construction of the Panama Canal. The collection contains approximately 40,000 glass plate negatives and 50,000 photographic prints, most dating from the 1900s to the mid-1920s. Bain, who was born in 1865 and died in 1944, founded the New York-based Bain News Service in 1898. Specializing in news about New York City and to a lesser degree the eastern United States, Bain distributed its own pictures, and those purchased from other commercial agencies, to about 100 newspapers. While focusing on the United States, the Bain News Service also provided coverage of other countries. This photo is undated, but it must have been taken 1904-14, when the Panama Canal was built. It shows work on the Pedro Miguel Locks, which are used to lift and lower ships 9.4 meters as they make their way between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Last updated: September 29, 2014