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those look like coffins in the background below the propellor. I have seen similar fotos that are ID’d as Balboa/La Boca or Colon, and are probably made during the Construction Era prior to 1914 when the work force was quite large. BTW: I see no rudder. Bob Karrer
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Actually what is shown is the ships propeller. Te shi is in drydock and there are 2 in the Canal Zone capable of large vessels. One is located in what was then called the Mechanical Division in Balboa and the other in Cristobal. There is a smaller drydock Balboa. The rudder would be out of the photo to 4the right. The vessel shown has only one propeller and is referred to as a single screw propulsion. This appears to be at a time when propulsion would have been from a coal fired system.
I apologize for the typos.
The blocks are keel blocks for land the ship on when the water is pumped out of the drydock not coffins
The hinge for the rudder is barely seen on the edge of the upper propeller. Rudders are generally located just aft of the propeller. The rudder changes the direction of the propeller thrust for steering.
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