Did Steam Shovel Used to Construct Panama Canal End Up In North Baltimore?

Steam shovel in Panama Canal

This Bucyrus steam shovel, similar to the one used in North Baltimore, is working on the Calebra Cut–one of the most difficult segments of the Panama Canal–circa 1910.

In this circa 1918 photograph, the Bucyrus Crane is sitting on the east side of the stone crusher building at the France Stone Company's North Baltimore Quarry. The Crusher building was torn down in the 1980s.

In this circa 1918 photograph, the Bucyrus Crane is sitting on the east side of the stone crusher building at the France Stone Company’s North Baltimore Quarry. The Crusher building was torn down in the 1980s.

 

Crane in North Baltimore

The two men standing beside the scoop provide some perspective on the size of the equipment. The North Baltimore crusher building is just to the left of the crane.

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The Bucyrus steam shovel in operation along the north wall of the North Baltimore quarry. At the France quarry, the Bucyrus steam shovel was used until the 1940s when it was replaced by more modern equipment

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In this August 1949 aerial view, the Bucyrus shovel was rusting away in the scrap yard just west of the France Stone Company’s maintenance building. The maintenance building is still standing in 2012, but the shovel was cut up for scrap metal sometime in the early 1950s.

 

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