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The Blue Bonnet 1934 (Number I)
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The Blue Bonnet 1934 (Number I) - Page 2. [1934]. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 28, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/20/show/17.

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([1934]). The Blue Bonnet 1934 (Number I) - Page 2. USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/20/show/17

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Title The Blue Bonnet 1934 (Number I)
Publisher USS Houston (CA-30), U.S. Navy;
Place of Creation (Local)
  • Enroute to New York, New York
Date [1934]
Description Volume I, Number I
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Houston (Cruiser : CA-30)
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Format (IMT)
  • application/pdf
Original Item Location ID 1981-001, Box 11, Folder 3
Original Collection Cruiser Houston Collection
Original Collection URL http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=23
Digital Collection USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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Transcript T Page 2. Tomorrow we transi t th canal. '! he facts here noted may prove of interest to n and old like. Upon approach we first Sight the " fortified islands" housing the rmy's big guns. Presently we sight the city of Panama on our star board bow and as we proceed up the channel, we observe the causeway connecting the islands to the mainland. This causeway is built of material excavated from the canal. Ie next pass Balboa with its docks and yards behind which rises imposing Amador Hill. A run of 2i miles takes us to Miraflores Locks where a lift of 55 feet in two stages puts us into iraflores Lake. This is an artificial lake caused by damming up the Grande River. One and a half miles farther on we enter Pedro Miguel Lock where a lift of 30 feet in one stage puts us into the canal proper The huge steel structure like a cross between a bridge and a canary cage at the end of the edro Miguel Locks is an emergency cam which can be thrown across the locks if the main gates fail or are damaged. This is to prevent losing water from Gatun Lake. One and a quarter miles beyond this we enter Culebra Cut, some times call Gaillard Cut, and proceed 8 miles to the entrance to Gatun Lake. A. t Gold Rill land on the starboard hand rises to 544 feet, on the port hand rises to 410 feet, and in the center was formerly 312 feet. The channel here is 45 feet deep but in dry seasons may be reduced to 35 feet. Frequently alligators may be seen while going through this part of the can 1. This as the most difficult point in the construction of the canal, because of the treacherous nature of the ground resulting in frequent landslides. Gatun Lake is an artificial lake fed by the Chagres River dammed at the Atlantic side by a huge earthen dam. spillway at this end controls the height of water in the lake during the wet seasons. Mapy towns and Villages were inundated and abandoned as the lake filled up. The channel crosses the old river bed 23 times before we reach Gatun Locks. Fresh water ki~ ls fouling on Ships bottoms and merchant ships frequently take advantage of this phenomena by anchoring in the lake tor several days. The Gatun Loeks lower us in three stages to the tlantic Ocean. The total cost of the canal was 299 million dollars. It is 50.4 Ydles long and took 8 years to build after the mericans bought out the French interests. Proceeding northward we pass Colon, Cr stobal, Limon Bay and out into the Caribbean, well on our way for New York, N. Y. -- --- ~ ~ ~ ~ - ~ - - - - - - - - - ~ ~ - - - - - - - - ~ LT- COMDR. SHEPAnD DET CHED. Lt. Comdr. A. G. Shepard, who for the past eighteen months has served as 1st. Lieut. and leltare Officer, was detached last week and henceforth will be stationed at the Naval Gun Factory, ashington, D. C. Eo th. HOUS'IDN sailors and exri ver rats joi n in wi shing him a pleasant tour of duty in the capitol city.