Lot 3169: Lindon Wallace Bates THE PROJECT FOR THE PANAMA CANAL 1905 First Edition Antique Engineering Technology Estimates Fold-Out Maps
Lot 3169: Lindon Wallace Bates THE PROJECT FOR THE PANAMA CANAL 1905 First Edition Antique Engineering Technology Estimates Fold-Out Maps
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Title: The Project for the Panama Canal. With General Plans and Profiles of the Waterway, the Regulation Works and the Terminal Harbors
Author: Lindon Wallace Bates - Lindon Wallace Bates was an American civil engineer, born at Marshfield, Vt., and educated at Yale College. After the completion of engineering studies he was appointed assistant engineer for the Northern Pacific and Oregon Pacific railways, and subsequently was contracting engineer or manager of a number of important contracts in connection with the building of transcontinental railways. His advisory services were employed by the governments of Belgium, Great Britain, and Russia in such large undertakings as the improvement of the port of Antwerp, the enlargement of the Suez Canal, and the increasing of Black Sea harbor efficiency. For the authorities of Queensland, South Australia, and India he designed a number of harbors and planned the regulation of several rivers. A scheme for the improvement of the port of Shanghai was also prepared by him, working in coöperation with other engineers of international reputation.
In the United States one of Bates's big contracts was the raising of the grade of Galveston after the flood there, and it was he who designed the "three-lake" plan for the Panama Canal. In 1900 the French government conferred on him a Grand Prix and decoration for "distinguished services to science"; and he was chosen to membership in various foreign as well as American engineering societies. He wrote: "The Navigation Interests of Nations in Ports and Waterways" (1900; French translation, 1900); "The Panama Canal" (1905); "Retrieval at Panama" (1907).
Bates married Josephine White in Portland, Oregon, and they had a son, Lindon Wallace Bates, Jr. (1883 - 1915). Bates, Jr., a renowned engineer who wrote several books on technical and economic subjects perished in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.
Bates was chairman of the Engineering Committee of the Submarine Defense Association in 1917. He died at Paris on April 22, 1924. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Other - see description
Pagination: 38 pages plus 2 fold-out maps and 3 fold-out charts
Width: 8.75" Height: 11.75"
Book Details: This work contains sections of the physical factors/conditions pertaining to the Isthmus of Panama and its relation to projects for a canal, with the largest portion of the text devoted Lindon Bates' project, with subsections on the technical aspects and estimates of cost and earnings.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is staple bound in its original printed gray wrappers. The front wrapper is nearly detached. Minor loss can be seen at the outside corners of the front cover. The text block is intact. The pages are clean and without markings. The maps, with profiles of projects A and B, measure approximately 24.5" x 18.5". This work also contains fold-out charts that accompany the maps at the rear of the volume. All fold outs are well preserved.
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