with apologies to Ogden Nash...
This marine railway was proposed as an alternative to the Panama Canal in this 1884 Scientific American illustration. Note the huge fanciful double ended steam locomotives.
A couple more drawings of an utterly ridiculous idea:https://panama.lindahall.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/nggallery/panama-railroad/panex1603e.jpghttps://panama.lindahall.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/nggallery/panama-railroad/panex1605e.jpgI mean an empty ship, maybe. But a fully-loaded cargo vessel?
I propose giant hot air balloons to float the ships across with Hieronymus Karl Frederick Baron von Munchausen as Commander of the Air. It would have worked!
A floating turntable, OK ya lost me on that one. :-)
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