Oak Timber That Goes to Panama

December 11, 1913

Also Used For Ferryboat Building in New York and Is Shipped from Sykesville

One of the Baltimore papers boasted the other day that one of the city factories was turning out brooms that were being shipped to Panama. This is creditable, of course, and worth calling attention to. But Sykesville can “see” the big city’s boast and go it one better. There is being sent from this place massive oak timbers that are going into the construction of the great canal work at Panama and that will be doing duty there long after the broom factories of Baltimore have passed into dust and after the city itself has gone forward through another hundred years of progress.

This immense timber is cut on a part of what was the old Carroll Manor property, now owned by St. Charles College. It is shipped to the Staten Island Ship Building Company, of New York, by Nye & Miller, the contractors who get it out. It was sold through J. Natwick & Co., of Baltimore, timber brokers. Only special pieces have been sent to Panama. It is pronounced  the finest white oak that can be had in this country. Much of the timber is used in the construction of ferryboats that ply the waters in New York harbor, and for other ship construction. One piece of this white oak timber shipped from Sykesville this week measured 26 feet in length, by 26 inches wide and 9 inches thick. It was a perfect stick and weighed more than a ton. The stick was worth about $50.

People who have been attracted by this fine timber as it has been drawn to the railroad yards in this place, have marveled that such timber and lumber is still available in this country, outside the big forests.

Nye & Miller are also getting out large quantities of oak for the Southern Electric Company, that is used for piling.

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