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Papers of Cedric W. Windas

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Cedric Windas created illustrations, documents, and hand-illuminated book-covers over the course of his career between 1939 and 1966.

Description: Collection of books decorated by Windas, his original pen and ink illustrations published in the 1930s and 1940s, a scrapbook created from found materials.

Biographical Notes:
Cedric Windas was an illustrator known between the World Wars and after for his portrayal of Navy life and customs. His original gouache paintings are affixed to books by means of transparent sticky tape. He created a large scrapbook and its cover, completed in 1957. His drawings for a book published under the title, “Traditions of the Navy”, are featured in this collection, which can also be viewed in issues of the magazine “Our Navy”, 1939-1946, held in our periodical collection. “Traditions of the Navy” is essentially an illustrated dictionary of terms used by sailors and English-speaking people in everyday speech.

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Emil Aarup, ship builder and designer

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From a magazine advertisement for Emil Aarup Boats, circa 1915.

This collection of documents, photographic prints and ship’s lines was created by Emil Aarup at his own business in Los Angeles between 1900 and 1940, and his work as a boatbuilder for Fellows and Stewart, Inc.

Description:
The collection contains two series: the Emil Aarup family photographs and boatbuilding and yachting photographic prints form the first series of this collection from 1900 to the 1940s. Fifteen sheets of lines for small craft (25′-50′), mostly drafted by Mr. Aarup, form the second series of the collection.

Scope note:
Emil Aarup worked closely with Fellows and Stewart, Inc. in the early part of the twentieth century. There is some overlap of photographic prints with the Papers of Fellows and Stewart, Inc.

Biographical Note:
Emil Aarup, boat builder and naval architect, was born in Denmark on Oct 18, 1878 and died in Los Angeles, Oct 22, 1940. After working for many years with Fellows and Stewart Boat Building Co., he opened his own boat building business in Los Angeles building yachts for Southern California yachtsmen.

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Dwight Stanley Long

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Scanned image from the Dwight Long collection depicts Dwight Long editing film.

This manuscript collection containing black and white photographs, loose and in scrapbooks, printed programs, books, and correspondence was created and collected by Dwight Stanley Long, between 1934-1993, with the bulk of the documents dated between 1934 and 1959.

Read the full description at the Online Archive of California.

Description: Dwight Stanley Long’s (1915-1993) adventures as a circumnavigator, photographer and film director between 1934 and 1959 are revealed in photograph albums, programs, correspondence, books, articles, and press releases, as well as his numerous articles. His 32’ ketch was the IDLE HOUR, subject of a movie entitled “Sailing All Seas”.

Biographical Notes:
Dwight Long, sailor, lecturer, and documentary filmmaker, was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. In 1934 he left Seattle to sail a 32 ft. ketch, the “IDLE HOUR”, around the world via the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans to the East Coast of the United States when the ketch was badly damaged in the hurricane of 1938. Long wrote a book, “Sailing All Seas” documenting his circumnavigation of the globe. He lectured in numerous cities both during and following his journey. During World War II he joined the U.S. Navy and became a documentary film producer. After the War, he continued making films, such as “Tanga Tika”, released in 1954. Dwight Long died in Los Angeles in 1993.

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William Muller Collection

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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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Torrance Parker Collection

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Torrance Parker

Torrance Parker

The collection is entitled Torrance R. Parker Collection on Commercial and Deep Sea Diving.

Read the full description or finding aid at
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The collection contains approximately 5 cubic feet of documents and photographic prints, news clippings, manuals, periodicals, manuscripts, and 322 books.

Description: The collection contains business and personal correspondence; records of ship salvage and underwater construction work; diving logs, reports and manuals; survey and other diagrams; clippings and articles; rare diving equipment catalogs; maps; decompression tables and calculators; samples of permits, invoices, receipts, bids and contracts; interviews and profiles; brochures and fliers; periodicals; and approximately 500 photographic prints.

Parker’s book collection consists of 322 volumes, many of them rare, that document the history and practice of deep diving and related topics.

Torrance Parker collected these resources over the course of his sixty-eight years as a deep diver, including a fifty-six-year career working as a commercial diver and nearly forty years as owner of the Parker Diving Service, Inc. of San Pedro, California; as a diver, researcher and compiler of resources concerning the history and practice of commercial, fishery, and military diving; and as author of two books on these subjects.
–From the Finding Aid to the collection by Sue Tyson, December 2014.

Biographical Notes: Read more about Torrance Parker (born July 4, 1928) and his firm, Parker Diving Service, Inc., founded in 1947.

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Thomas Skahill Papers

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Thomas Skahill for WoodenBoat

Thomas Skahill’s article on Fellows and Stewart, Inc. for WoodenBoat, 2003

This collection of articles and manuscripts was created between 2000 and 2006 by author Thomas Skahill.

Description: Articles by Thomas Skahill in WoodenBoat magazine and Maritime Life and Traditions describe the life and work of naval architects, boat designers and builders, and yachtsmen primarily in Southern California and Los Angeles Harbor areas.

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Deep Sea Diver, Entrepreneur, Author

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Torrance Parker

Torrance Parker

Torrance R. Parker is the founder of Parker Diving Service, Inc., the oldest continuously operating commercial diving company in California. From 1947 to 1985, Parker participated in all aspects of deep diving work, including commercial diving, salvage, maintenance, repair, and inspection of underwater engineered structures primarily in the Port of Los Angeles.

Parker sold the company in 1985, but continued working as a consultant and diver with Parker Diving Service until 1995. Upon retirement, he authored 20,000 Jobs under the Sea: A History of Diving and Underwater Engineering (1997). He subsequently designed and curated the “20,000 Jobs Under the Sea” exhibit for the Los Angeles Maritime Museum in San Pedro; the exhibit depicts the history of both commercial and fishery diving and includes that of Southern California’s earliest divers.

Beginning in 1997, Parker (who learned his trade from Greek sponge divers in Tarpon Springs, Florida) conducted a survey of the Gulf of Mexico’s pre-World War II deep-water sponge grounds unworked since 1939. In 2013, Parker published his second book: 20,000 Divers under the Sea: A History of the Mediterranean and Western Atlantic Sponge Trades with an Account of Early Deep Diving, that chronicles sponge diving from ancient Greece to its current epicenter in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

For more on the Museum’s exhibit on Deep Diving, see our Current Exhibit here.

See author Torrance Parker’s book 20,000 Jobs Under the Sea and his 20,000 Divers Under the Sea on LibraryThing.com in our online catalog.

Announcing a Library Sale…

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Books that are duplicates or otherwise taken out of our collection are ready for your inspection! Books are generally in very good to excellent condition and would be wonderful additions to your own collections in selected topic areas. Our Year-End and Year-Beginning Book Sale offers topics in sailing and yachting, naval history, navigation and the history of sail. You can see the book lists here. Follow the instructions for ordering a book which are given on the first page of the pdfs. Treasure these books which were once owned as resources by maritime-history enthusiasts like yourself!

New in the Library! June 2014

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Library's new books.

New Books in the Library for June 2014.

The Alabama, British Neutrality, and the American Civil War / Frank J. Merli ; edited by David M. Fahey. Published by Indiana University Press, 2004.

Drake : for God, queen, and plunder / Wade G. Dudley. Published by Potomac Books, 2003.

Drake : the Life and Legend of an Elizabethan hero. / Stephen Coote. Published by Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, 2003.

Great Britain and the Confederate Navy, 1861-1865, by Frank J. Merli. Published by Indiana University Press, 2004.

The USS Essex and the Birth of the American Navy. / Frances Diane Robotti and James Vescovi. Published by Adams Media, 1999.

War at Sea in the Ironclad Age / Richard Hill. Published by HarperCollins, N.Y., 2003. A title in the Smithsonian History of Warfare Series.

Rusty Fellows, 1905-1962

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Professional portrait of Rusty Fellows, circa 1950

Professional portrait of Rusty Fellows, circa 1950, by Kent Hitchcock.

Richard Joseph Fellows, (Joe Fellows, Jr.)

Known as “Rusty”, Richard Fellows learned to sail and build boats as a boy. He graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Engineering in 1929 as a naval architect, then later became an accomplished businessman, eventually heading the firm as President of Fellows & Stewart after his father’s death in 1942. Rusty’s career witnessed the popularity of pleasure boats overtaken by the demands of World War II military boatbuilding and the war-time production of military contracts.

When he died at age 57 his wife, Lois Fellows, took charge of the company until it was sold to Harbor Boat in 1967.