National Geographic : 1946 Feb
The shark that has no business being here SHARKS are supposed to live in salt water. But swimming around between two mountain ranges in Nicaragua is a shark that apparently never read the natural history books. For this shark makes its home in Lake Nicaragua, which is fresh water. It has no business being there. But it is certainly there-because during the building of the Pan-American Highway, it was a menace to workmen who wanted to bathe in the lake, and, consequently, a problem for the contractor and insurance company responsible for the workmen's safety. Man-eating sharks were only the beginning. The builders of this highway had to deal with jaguars, pumas, poisonous snakes, insects, dys entery, malaria, treacherous mountain roads, dynamite, landslides, floods, 120-degree temper atures, live volcanoes, and razor-edged machetes, among other perils. And the Pan-American Highway-gigantic project that it was-was only a part of the big gest series of insurance risks ever tackled by an insurance company. We took these risks at the request of the U.S. government early in the war. The United States was building bases and highways and airfields all over the world. These jobs were full of un known hazards and claim problems. Yet the firms and men working on Army and Navy con tracts had to have insurance protection. The Travelers provided that protection and service and-through its Safety Engineers helped keep the accident rate so low that it has been possible to save the government, and that means the taxpayers, over 60% of their standard premium costs on the risks we insured! Naturally, we're proud of this record. But the main reason we're telling you about it is this: We'd like to help more contractors, manu facturers, and merchants stop accidents, save lives, and money. We can show how we handled tougher risks than peace times are likely to pre sent to us and cut insurance costs in doing it. We have a service that's worth looking into, worth backing when installed in any plant. MORAL: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance and surety bonds. The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Com pany, The Charter Oak Fire Insurance Com pany, Hartford, Connecticut.