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Ports and Harbors of the West Coast

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Please make an appointment online to view any of the collections below. Please refer to the collection by name, listed below.

Los Angeles Harbor Maps and Charts
Historic, thematic and pilot charts of the channels in Los Angeles Harbor and San Pedro
Bay date from 1943 through the 1980s; also in the collection are nineteenth-century
surveys of the California coast and islands.

Museum Research Library Special collections
Library Special Collections : 1905 – current
An open collection consisting of news clippings, including scrapbooks of the Harbor
Master, and articles of maritime and Los Angeles Harbor interest.

Library Special collections: Pamphlets or Booklets
Subjects range from local to world maritime history. Most pamphlets or booklets were published between 1920s and 1980s.

Library Special collections: Annual Reports

Annual Reports of the Port of Los Angeles, dated 1912-2000.

Library Special collections: Periodicals

Maritime history as written in articles for journals published nationally or internationally. Most are not indexed.

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Naval Histories

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The Library’s collection of books on the naval histories are only partially represented here.

If you do not see what you are looking for, please call the Library for more information at 310-548-7618 x 215.

A Bibliography of American Naval history. / Compiled by Paolo E. Coletta, 1981.

Brassey’s Encyclopedia of Military History and Biography. / Franklin D. Margiotta, 1994.

Building American Submarines 1914-1940. / Gary Weir in Contributions to Naval History published by Naval Historical Center Department of the Navy, Washington, D.C., 1991

Combat fleets of the world… : their ships, aircraft, and armament. / Jean Labayle Couhat. Annapolis, Maryland : Naval Institute Press, 1976.

The first English edition of the 1897, French work, “Les flottes de combat”, features navies of the world, and was published in France and the United States. Library has: 1976/77; 1978/79; 1980/81; 1982/83; 1984/85; 1986/87.

Combat fleets of the world 1998/99 : their ships, aricraft and armament. / Compiled by A.D. Baker. Annapolis, Maryland : Naval Institute Press, 1998.

Dictionary of American Naval fighting ships. /Navy Department Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Naval History Division, Washington, D.C., 1959–1981.

History of the United States Naval Operations in World War II. / Samuel Eliot Morison. Boston, Mass. : Little, Brown and Company, 1954. Library has Volumes 1 to 14 (Vols. 5, 7 missing):

A Bibliography of American Naval history. / Compiled by Paolo E. Coletta, 1981.

Brassey’s Encyclopedia of Military History and Biography. / Franklin D. Margiotta, 1994.

Building American Submarines 1914-1940. / Gary Weir in Contributions to Naval History published by Naval Historical Center Department of the Navy, Washington, D.C., 1991

Combat fleets of the world… : their ships, aircraft, and armament. / Jean Labayle Couhat. Annapolis, Maryland : Naval Institute Press, 1976.

The first English edition of the 1897, French work, “Les flottes de combat”, features navies of the world, and was published in France and the United States. Library has: 1976/77; 1978/79; 1980/81; 1982/83; 1984/85; 1986/87.

Combat fleets of the world 1998/99 : their ships, aircraft and armament. / Compiled by A.D. Baker. Annapolis, Maryland : Naval Institute Press, 1998.

Dictionary of American Naval fighting ships. /Navy Department Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Naval History Division, Washington, D.C., 1959–1981.

History of the United States Naval Operations in World War II. / Samuel Eliot Morison. Boston, Mass. : Little, Brown and Company, 1954. Library has Volumes 1 to 14 (Vols. 5, 7 missing):

Jane’s fighting ships 1905/6 : a reprint of the 1905/6 edition of Fighting Ships. / Edited by Fred T. Jane, 1970.

The Ships and aircraft of the United States fleet nineth edition. / John S. Rowe and Samuel L. Morison. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1972.

The Ships and aircraft of the United States fleet. / By James C. Fahey.
Library has 5 volumes: 1939 edition, the War edition, Second War edition, Victory edition, and Two-Ocean fleet edition, published between 1944 and 1978, mostly as reprints of the Ships and Aircraft original publications.

U.S. Warships of World War 2 / Paul H. Silverstone. Annapolis, MD : Naval Institute Press, 1989, c1965.

Warship volume i to volume X / edited by Robert Gardiner, 1980.

Warships and Navies of the world, 1880 / J.W. King, 1982.

Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1869 – 1945 / Hansgeorg Jentshura, Dieter Jung and Peter Mickel; Translated by Antony Preston and J.D. Brown, 1970.

Naval Architecture

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The books and journals for research in the subject of naval architecture are only partially represented here.

For more information, please call the Library at 310-548-7618, ext. 215.

Bibliography, Shipbuilding — 1600 to 1900
A bibliography of books on naval architecture rigging and seamanship printed 1600-1919.
Compiled by Lars Bruzelius, 1996.

Biography.
F.H. Chapman : the first naval architect and his work / by Daniel G. Harris, 1989.

Congresses
Proceedings / Eleventh Ship Technology and Research (STAR) Symposium, 1986, held in
conjunction with the SNAME spring meeting hosted by the Pacific Northwest Section,
Portland, Oregon, May 21-23, 1986.

Designs and plans, Historic ships
Guidelines for recording historic ships / Richard K. Anderson, Jr., 1988.

John Lenthall, naval architect : a guide to plans and drawings of American naval and merchant
vessels, 1790-1874 : with a bibliography of works on shipbuilding printed in Great
Britain, France, and the United States, 1707-1882, collected by John Lenthall
(b. 1807-d.1882). / by Gail E. Farr and Brett F. Bostwick, 1991.

History
Skeppet. The ship, an illustrated history, written and illustrated by Bjorn Landstrom.
Translated by Michael Phillips, 1961.

Hydrodynamics
Journal of ship research.

Journals
Transactions – The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. 1927, 1941 – 1994
(some years missing).

Masting and rigging
Rudimentary treatise on masting, mast-making, and rigging of ships also tables of spars, rigging,
blocks… / by Robert Kipping, 1928.

Seventeenth century rigging a handbook for model-makers. / by R.C. Anderson, 1955.

Steel’s elements of mastmaking, sailmaking and rigging from the 1794 edition, arranged with
and introduction by Claude S. Gill, 1932.

Merchant ships
Merchant ship design. / by R. Munro-Smith, 1964.

Naval architecture
A treatise on parabolic construction of ships and other marine engineering subjects. / by
John W. Nystrom, 1863.

Basic naval architecture. / by Kenneth C. Barnaby, 1967, c1949.

Manual of naval architecture; the fundamental principles of naval architecture, ship-design
and construction for masters and mates. / by George Charles Manning …, 1930.

Manual of ship construction; the fundamental principles of naval architecture for the
operating personnel of the merchant service, particularly those who are, or desire to become,
officers. / by George C. Manning …, 1932.

Naval architecture simplified, explained in non-technical terms. / by Charles Desmond, 1918.

Ship design and construction. / written by a group of authorities ; Robert Taggart, editor, 1980.

Ship drafting. / by Edgar P. Trask and John P. Comstock, 1938.

Mechanics, Applied
Theory of naval architecture. / by Andrew McCance Robb, 1952.

Sailing ships.
The search for speed under sail, 1700-1855. / by Howard I. Chapelle, 1967.

Sailing ships–History.

Colonial vessels; some seventeenth century sailing craft. / by William A. Baker, 1962.

Shipbuilding–Tables.
Handbook of ship calculations, construction and operation; a reference book for naval
architects, marine engineers, ship and engine draftsmen, deck officers, and others
engaged in the building and operating of ships. / by Charles H. Hughes …, 1942.

Shipbuilding–France–History–18th century.
The seventy-four gun ship : a practical treatise on the art of naval architecture. / by
Jean Boudriot ; English translation by David H. Roberts, 1986.

Ships, Iron and steel.
Design and construction of steel merchant ships…/ Edited by David Arnott, 1955.
Ship design and construction, written by a group of authorities. Editor:
Amelio M. D’Arcangelo, 1969.

Ship construction and calculations with numerous illustrations and examples; for the use
of officers… / by George Nicol, 1920.

Ships–History.
The Lore of ships. / by Tre Trycare, 1963.

Statics and Dynamics
Principles of naval architecture, written by a group of authorities; editors: Henry E. Rossell
and Lawrence B. Chapman, 1962.

Steamboats–History.
The steam launch / Richard M. Mitchell, 1994.

Warships
Principles of warship construction and damage control. / by G.C. Manning and
T.L. Schumacher, 1939, c1935.

Wooden boats–Catalogs. Naval architecture–Designs and plans–Catalogs.
Thirty wooden boats : a second catalog of building plans / by the editors of
WoodenBoat magazine, 1986-88.

Marine Engineering

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The Library’s collection of books on marine engineering are only partially represented here.

If you do not see what you are looking for, please call the Library for more information at
310-548-7618 x 215.

Marine engineering is defined as “…marine propulsion machinery and auxiliaries… the invention, design, building, installation, operation, and repair of marine engines…”. in Rene de Kerchove’s International Maritime Dictionary, published by Van Nostrand Reinhold in 1961. A Marine Engineer is “…a sea-going engineer, who must be a mechanic as well as an executive officer…” (see de Kerchove, p. 490). Manuals, giving questions and answers for examinations, as well as technical handbooks and guides, contained a complete resource for the engineer, and were published for the technologies of steam, diesel and oil in the 20th century. Thus the handbooks in the Research Library Collection date from before World War I to after the Vietnam War, with most of these published for the sailor or marine engineer between the World Wars.

Titles shown do not reflect the entire collection: if you do not see what you are looking for, please call the Library at 310-548-7618 x 215.

Reference Works: Marine Engines
A pocket book of marine engineering rules and tables. / A.E. Seaton and H.M. Rounthwaite, 1912.

American machinists’ handbook and dictionary of shop terms a reference book for machine-shop and drawingroom data, methods and definitions. / by Fred H. Colvin … and Frank A. Stanley …, 1940.

Annotated acronyms and abbreviations of marine science related international organizations. / Compiled by Jeannette P. North; Revised by Charlotte M. Ashby, 1976.

Audels new marine engineers guide, a practical treatise on marine engines, boilers and auxiliary machinery, including theory and practice of the steam turbine… also U.S. government rules and regulations regarding engineers’ licenses. / by Theo. Lucas, M.E., Frank D. Graham, N. Hawkins, M.E., 1928; 1940.

Dictionary of marine engineering and nautical terms. / by G.O. Watson, 1964.

Machinery’s handbook for machine shop and drafting-room; a reference book on machine design and shop practice for the mechanical engineer, draftsman, toolmaker, and machinist./ by Erik Oberg and F.D. Jones, 1939.

Seaton & Rounthwaite’s pocket book of marine engineering rules and tables; for the use of marine engineering, naval architects, designers, superintendents, and all engaged in the design and construction of marine machinery, naval and mercantile. / Albert Seaton, 1948.

Handbooks and Guides
Marine engine and fire room guide./ by Robert H. Jacobs and E. L. Cady, 1944.
Marine engineer’s handbook prepared by a staff of specialists. / Frank Ward Sterling, ed., 1920.

Modern marine engineer’s manual Vol. 1 & 2 / [edited by] Alan Osbourne, 1943.

Naval engineer’s guide. /by James V. Jolliff and Hollis E. Robertson, 1972.

Practical marine engineering. / by Reno King, 1956.

“Verbal” notes and sketches for marine engineer officers; a manual of marine steam
engineering practice… Volume 1 & 2. / by. J.W. M. Sothern.

Handbooks for Examinations:

20th Century Guide for Marine Engineers, Questions and Answers, Reciprocating Engines, Boilers, Turbines, Gas Engines, Diesel Engines. / by J. A. Ramsey, and J. Rosbloom, 1920.

Engineers’ practical test illustrated : a guide for all men employed in and about power plants; practical information on the care and management of engines, boilers, their accessory machinery; gas engines, dynamos. / by Laird & Lee, 1898.

Cornell red book of marine engineering; questions and answers. / by William B. Paterson, 1971.

Marine engine room blue book : based on the original edition by William B. Paterson. / by William D. Eglinton, 1993.

Questions and answers for engineers and fireman’s examinations. / by Frank D. Graham and Kenneth L. Schank, 1979.

Questions and answers for marine engineers. / by Theodore Lucas, 1903.

Surveys
A history of the Los Angeles District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1898-1965. / by
Anthony F. Turhollow, 1965.

Comprehensive condition survey for San Pedro Breakwater Los Angeles Harbor Los Angeles County, CA . / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1996.

Port of Los Angeles channel deepening project: draft supplemental impact statement supplemental environmental impact report / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2000.

Professional memoirs : Corps of Engineers, United States Army and Engineer Department at large. Los Angeles Harbor. / by Amos A. Fries, facsimile copy of 1912 edition.
San Pedro Waterfront Project Notice of Preparation Notice of intent December 2006. / Prepared by Environmental Management Division of the Los Angeles Harbor Department and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, 2006.

History
Building the Navy’s bases in World War II; history of the Bureau of Yards and Docks and the Civil Engineer Corps, 1940-1946.

Marine engineering. Written by a group of authorities. Editor: Roy L. Harrington, 1971.
Men, ships, and the sea; the story of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, by Donald A. Holden, 1968.

Naval engineering and American seapower / editor, Randolph W. King ; associate editor, Prescott Palmer ; with fifteen contributors, 1989.
The steam navy of the United States. / Frank M. Bennett, 1896

Shipbuilding and Stability
Historical transactions, 1893-1943. / The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, 1945.

The naval constructor: a vade mecum of ship design for students, naval architects, shipbuilders and owners, marine superintendents, engineers and draughtsmen. / by George Simpson … 1918.

Practical Marine Diesel Engineering. / by Louis R. Ford, 1931.

Ship stability and trim made easy including the construction and use of tipping scale and slip table, etc. / by Oswald Watts, 1926.

Shipbuilding and marine engineering in Japan 1961. / by Japan Ship Exporters’ Association, 1961; 1966; 1968.

The stability of ships with special reference to the particulars which should be supplied by the shipbuilders ad the value of mechanical devices for attaining metacentric height. / by George Johnson, 1932.

Transactions – The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. 1927; 1941 to 1994