Construction of the Panama Canal connecting the Caribbean Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. Views of abandoned and failed first attempt by French team led by Ferdinand de Lesseps, with scenes of Panama natives cutting vegetation with machetes. Scene of abandoned canal work area. Scenes of United States work to build the canal beginning in 1903. Steam shovels digging and moving earth. Laborers construct railroad for use in canal building. General Glen Edgerton talks about the construction difficulties from malaria, and the worker prescription of quinine three times daily. Views of British and French workers on the site working and arriving by rail to work. Dynamite explosion removes rumble for railroad construction. View of locks under construction 1000 feet long and 110 feet wide. Excerpt from interview with former Canal Zone Governor and Congressman Maurice Thatcher, who characterizes the project as the greatest liberty that man had ever taken with nature. (Thatcher was honored when the first bridge connecting both sides of the Panama Canal was named after him as "Thatcher Ferry Bridge". In 1979 the name was officially changed to the Bridge of the Americas.) Clip next shows 1970's aerial view of the Panama Canal. Ships moving through the Panama Canal.
Russian submarines underway off the cost of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean. View of Russian tender underway. "Z" Class Submarine underway in silhouette. Port bow view of Russian submarine on surface. Both a Juliett class and a Foxtrot class submarine are seen on surface. Stern view of Russian submarine in Caribbean. Side of "Z" Class submarine. Russian submarine on surface. Smoke over submarine coming from engines. Port beam view of the KIROV CLASS Cruiser underway. Russian Destroyer and Cruiser. Russian DLG underway. Beam view of the two ships.
Albrook Air Force base of United States in Panama. A car parked outside a building with a sign that reads Headquarters of Caribbean Air Command. Albrook Air Force base of United States in Panama. A car parked outside a building with a sign that reads Headquarters of Caribbean Air Command. Albrook Air Force base of United States in Panama. A car parked outside a building with a sign that reads Headquarters of Caribbean Air Command.
Bell Telephone television advertisement depicts the cost of telephone calls over years from 1915 to 1970. Pictures of streets and houses in Boston. Portrait of Alexander Graham Bell. The cost of telephone from 20.70 dollars in 1915 reduced to 70 cents in 1970. Rapid paced montage of images (some still and some motion) from 1915 to 1970. Poster reads 'Japan at War'. Man and woman dance. Missile launched from launch pad. Aircraft parked on runway. The cost of telephone charges reduced over the years. Different types of telephones seen in 1970.
Natural disasters strike nations like Morocco, Chile and Caribbean Islands in the year 1960. Ruined resort town of Morocco destroyed by an intense earthquake. Demolished houses and broken roads in the city. Intense earthquakes in Chile render damage to property and lives. The bust sculpture of a leader damaged by earthquake. Hurricane Donna strikes shores of Caribbean Islands. Fast winds blowing destroy houses and trees. A group of people stands and watches the destruction by the hurricane.
Women working at teletype machines in the Joint Hurricane Warning Service in Miami, Florida. Animated map shows communications links to sites in the Atlantic Coast, Gulf Coast and Caribbean regions. A peaceful scene on the water in a Caribbean harbor. Weather instruments atop a building. Red Cross workers engaged in emergency communications.