National Geographic : 1902 Feb
TABULAR STATEMENT PREPARED BY AMERICAN ISTHMUS SHIP CANAL COMPANY MANDINGO. LENGTH OF CANALS. 29 Miles. The Mandingo is a perfectly straight line at the CURVES AND COURSES. narrowest part of the Isthmus, and normal to the coast. Perfect natural harbors at both ends, large enough TERMINAL HARBORS. and deep enough for the greatest demands of commerce. A sea-level canal without locks or tide gates, essen LOCKS AND GATES AND DAMS. tially a portion of the ocean, where shipping can pass without hindrance or delay. WATER SUPPLY. The united waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. TIME OF CONSTRUCTION. Can be done in three years. CAPACITY OF CANALS. Under all conditions of tide and weather, 288 ships per day with a headway of one mile. METHOD OF TRANSIT. Electric trolley, controlling absolutely the move Inent of ships. Five hours for sailing ships and others by trolley TIME OF TRANSIT. towage; exceptionally, steamers by their own power might go through in 3 hours. From all Atlantic and Gulf ports to all South DISTANCE FROM PORTS IN THE UNITERD STATES. Pacific ports, a considerable gain, both as to distance and time. To all North Pacific and insular ports, a valuable gain in time. Transit presents no dangers of collision, on account of trolley control; has little machinery to be INCIDENTS OF TRAFFIC AND MAINTENANCE. deranged, and no delays from curvature or locks; therefore transit can be counted upon absolutely at any time. Constructed practically through primitive rock, PERMANENCE OF WATERWAY. banks will not wash and there can be no silting. Destructive earthquakes are unknown. The American Isthmus Ship Canal Company asks no money from the United States Treasury. It FINANCIAL. proposes to build the canal itself, asking the United States Government to guarantee its bonds in exchange for free transit for 100 years for the national ships.