William Muller Collection

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Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library Collection 17

From a 4 x 5 negative of ships lines for a tug by William Muller, 1917.

This manuscript collection of documents and ship’s lines is an example of an early 20th century shipbuilder in Los Angeles Harbor. The collection is entitled William Muller Collection.

Description: The collection contains correspondence, financial statements, estimates, notes and photographs of the many ships produced in the Wilmington and San Pedro vicinity by the shipbuilder William Muller.

Biographical Notes: William Muller, born William (Wilhelm) Adolph August Muller, in 1865 in Germany, came to the United States around 1885 and to California two years later. Early in the twentieth century his reputation as a builder of wooden ferries and tugboats in Wilmington and San Pedro earned him contracts with William Banning, his enterprises and his associates, to build ships for the Catalina Island Line and Wilmington Transportation Company as well as to carry out commissions for other parties. Among Muller’s first productions, the ferries CABRILLO and HERMOSA II were launched in 1904. Muller died in 1936.

Snapshot of Captain William Banning and William Muller (right).

Snapshot of Captain William Banning and William Muller (right).

Copyright Notice: Copyright restrictions apply to the use of the images and documents in this collection. See the copyright notice here.

View the full Finding Aid: on O.A.C., Online Archive of California. Click on “Additional collection guides” to see the full finding aid.

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