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Balboa, Panama Passenger Lists 1926

Pacific Entrance to Balboa Harbor in Panama circa 1934.

Pacific Entrance to Balboa Harbor in Panama circa 1934. GGA Image ID # 17162d482c

Passenger Lists available from the GG Archives from the Port of Balboa, Panama. Organized by Date of Departure, Steamship Line, Steamship or Ocean Liner, Class of Passengers, Route, and the Ship's Captain.

There are two ports of entry in the Canal Zone - Cristobal on the Atlantic side and Balboa on the Pacific.

Not including the quarantine wharf, there are 12 wharves and piers in the port of Balboa, all of which are owned by the Panama Canal. They are of concrete and steel construction and have a total berthing capacity of more than 8,000 feet, of which approximately 7,000 feet can be used by deep draft vessels.

Front Cover of a Cabin Class Passenger List from the SS President Van Buren of the Dollar Steamship Line, Departing 30 September 1926 from New York to Shanghai

1926-09-30 SS President Van Buren Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Dollar Steamship Line
  • Class of Passengers: Cabin Class
  • Date of Departure: 30 September 1926
  • Route: New York to Marseilles via Havana, Cristobal, Balbao, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu, Kobe, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manilla, Singapore, Penang, Colombo, Port Said and Alexandria
  • Commander: Captain M. Ridley


Shed on Pier No. 18 in the Port of Balboa, Panama cica 1934.

Shed on Pier No. 18 in the Port of Balboa, Panama cica 1934. GGA Image ID # 171685db2b

There are 14 piers and wharves in the port of Balboa, of which all but 2 are of steel and concrete construction. Pier 18 is the only terminal used for handling general cargo. This pier is of modern construction, with a transit shed covering the greater part of its area. It is equipped with movable cargo booms, a stationary jib boom and other cargo -handling appliances. Docks 13 , 14, 15 , and 16 are used in conjunction with the repair shops. Docks 8 and 9 are used in connection with the graving dock. Dock 7 is used for oil bunkering and can be used if necessary for bunkering coal since the coaling plant is situated thereon. Dock 6 is used for reloading and for bunkering ships with oil.

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The GG Archives is the work and passion of two people, Paul Gjenvick, a professional archivist, and Evelyne Gjenvick, a curator. Paul earned a Masters of Archival Studies - a terminal degree from Clayton State University in Georgia, where he studied under renowned archivist Richard Pearce-Moses. Our research into the RMS Laconia and SS Bergensfjord, the ships that brought two members of the Gjønvik family from Norway to the United States in the early 20th century, has helped us design our site for other genealogists. The extent of original materials at the GG Archives can be very beneficial when researching your family's migration from Europe.