Photographs and histories of steamships mentioned in family letters have been a major area of research. These are some of the pertinent (or just fascinating) websites I’ve found,
I went on to the mesas which have been beckoning me ever since I came. Up a canyon, talking with a farmer who was raising melons on a cultivated strip on its bottom. He had a cow bitten by a rattlesnake that morning…
I feel as if I’m digging my own canal! The book itself, Panama and Beyond, is sailing toward publication, but I can’t claim it’s steaming ahead.
Satsuma buttons from Japan were among the “nearly every thing” Will Hobby could find in the commissaries.
Fairbanks Scales in Costa Rica sent me on a side trip to Vermont, to one of the most long-lived American manufacturing companies
While we were building the Panama Canal, steamships were replacing sails.
When my grandfather and his cousins arrived in San Francisco on the San Juan in March 1914, Congress was planning a grand opening of the Panama Canal with an international parade of ships in January 1915. But: June 28, 1914: Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated by a Serbian nationalist. Austria-Hungary, like many in countries around the world, blamed the Serbian government for the attack and wanted to use the incident as justification for settling the question of Serbian nationalism…
A photograph of an ox cart with plank wheels shows what Will Hobby noticed in El Salvador.
At 7 a.m. a swell struck us and we have rocked up and down all day. I’ve watched it with fascination and haven’t needed the little stove yet. We reach Hatteras about 5 p.m. & then will see!
“My goodness, we got by Hatteras all right & I thought we were out of all trouble! A SE gale met us and waters rose up & up like the steep roof of a house, covered with white caps… We rocked and we reeled and we rolled…”