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1939 25th Anniversary

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What did this anniversary mark? The Panama Canal’s opening? What did this event include? What role did the S.S. Ancon play in this historic anniversary? Do you¬†know any stories about this anniversary?

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  • Carl N Berg of Cocoli

    The S.S. Ancon made the first official transit of the canal on August 15, 1914. Add twenty-five years and we are in 1939. Maybe the ship was transiting again on the same day of the month?

  • Fred Sill

    The 25th anniversary was a big event, and included the “Ancon” repeating it’s inaugural transit of 1914. Our family was amongst those invited to take part, and it’s one of my earliest memories — I was five years old at the time. I’m not sure if it was a complete transit, but I know that a lot of us got off at Gamboa, which was roughly the half way point, to get the train back to Balboa. There was a brief ceremony in Gamboa, and my dad (one of the old timers) said a few words to mark the occasion. (I don’t remember what he said, but I do remember that we were given a free lunch on board, and when he got up to speak in Gamboa he had forgotten to remove the napkin he had tucked into his trousers.)

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