The Dock and Decauville Rail in Puerto Chico, 1919
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It was about 10 kilometers (6 miles) inland from the coast up to the plateau where Campo Noruego was to be established. To begin with, they used the tractor to transport equipment, but soon found out that it was cheaper and quicker to hire local men with teams of oxen to do the job instead. The carts were brought along from Norway.
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The Hacienda Pier in Puerto Chico
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Manuel A. Cobos welcomes the Albemarle expedition to Galápagos. He strongly urges them to make San Cristóbal their terminal station.
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The four lifeboats were tied together in pairs, and the work of unloading the 14 prefabricated houses could begin.
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Karin and Manuel Cobos with two-year old Dagfinn, Wreck Bay, 1932.
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El Rondel Traffic Circle Entrance to El Progreso, in 2012
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Paul Bruun was captain of the Manuel J. Cobos for about 18 months before he started trading with the Norge. The island community was dependent on the old schooner to obtain provisions from the continent. Delays and fuel shortages proved fatal for Bruun, her former skipper. When this photo was taken in 1934, the schooner had been re-named San Cristóbal.
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The schooner Manuel J. Cobos named after Progreso's founder, moored along the jetty in Wreck Bay.