Book and periodical titles in this list are selected which offer photographs or paintings to accompany descriptions of historical ships. Ships registers list steam, motor, diesel and other vessels, ships in the U.S. Navy and the Merchant Marines.
Hollywood to Honolulu: the Story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company. / Gordon Ghareeb and Martin Cox. Published by The Steamship Historical Society of America, 2009. 264 p., illustrations in black and white include photographs and posters, color plate section. Includes bibliography and index.
The Story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company is told year by year from 1921 to 1937, with an introduction covering the years 1907-1920. An exciting review of the ships that voyaged mostly from the West Coast to Hawaii, its photographs represent famous tourists or their luxurious surroundings in the dining rooms, lounges, or on deck. Color posters of ships and black and white photographs portray the ships Calawaii, City of Honolulu, City of Los Angeles, and Diamond Head. Included in the appendix is a full roster of ships of the Los Angeles Steamship Company and a filmography from 1922 to 1933.
Ships and Narrow Gauge Rails: the Story of the Pacific Coast Company. / Gerald M. Best. Published by Howell-North Books, 1964. 153 p., illustrations are black and white photographs, tables, maps and posters. Includes index.
Covers railway pre-history and the first marine and rail roadstead in San Luis Obispo, California to the last of the Pacific Coast Railroad when it was sold to Great Northern Railroad in 1951. Ships and Narrow Gauge Rails offers a special chapter: “List of Steamships 1867-1916” in which the ships of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company from the Alexander Duncan to the Yaquina show the close relationship for between transport over land and transport by water.
Pacific Steamboats. Photographs from the Joe Williamson Marine collection. / Gordon R. Newell. Published by Superior Publishing Company, Inc., 1958. 196 p., illustrated with black and white photographs. Index to ship’s names included.
Steamships and Motorships of the West Coast. / Richard Benson. Superior Publishing Company, Inc., 1968. 175 p., illustrated with black and white photographs. Index to ship’s names, and General Index are included.
Pacific Lumberships. / Gordon Newell and Joe Williamson. Bonanza Books; copyright by Superior Publishing Company, Inc., 1960. 192 p., illustrated with black and white photographs. Includes picture index.
Gold, Silk, Pioneers & Mail: from the California Gold Field to the China Trade; the Story of Pacific Mail Steamship Company. / Robert J. Chandler. Published by Friends of the San Francisco Maritime Museum Library, 2007. 52 p., illustrations include black and white photographs of ships, paintings of ships, and engravings. Index included.
Pacific Coastal Liners. / Gordon Newell and Joe Williamson. Published by Superior Publishing Company, Inc., 1958. 196 p., illustrated with black and white photographs. Picture index included.
Steamboat Bill is a long-running periodical or journal in the collections of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library. The Library holds consecutive issues from 1944 to 2007. There are indexes to the issues published by the Steamship Historical Society of America.
Power Ships is the continuation of Steamboat Bill. The Library holds issues from 2012 to the present.
The Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library maintains collections on steamship history. Please see the online catalog of books at LibraryThing.com or call the Library at 310-548-7618 for more information.