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SS Matsonia, a cargo ship

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The collection is entitled SS MATSONIA Reconstruction, March 1987 to October 1987.

Description: Collection of Papers Relating to the SS MATSONIA Re-Construction at Todd Pacific Shipyard in 1987. Collection contains documents relating to certificates, interoffice memos, lists of documents, consumables and tools that represent the re-construction.
Physical Characteristics: The paper documents are mostly photocopied documents arranged by subject or corporate name. Three files of photographic prints are included. Two of these directly relate to the reconstruction of the ship; the earlier file shows portraits of naval officers and L.A. Shipbuilding personnel.

Biography: in 1987 by TODD Shipyard of the SS MATSONIA, a 15,000 ton oil freighter built in 1973 at Chester, Pennsylvania. The vessel was originally built in 1973 for the First Interstate Bank of San Francisco.

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George Billings, 5-Masted Schooner

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Photograph of the logbook for the George Billings, dated 1917-1922.

The collection contains documents of the GEORGE BILLINGS, a 5-masted schooner.

Abstract: The George Billings collection contains ships log books and supporting documentation covering the period of operation of the 5-masted schooner “George E. Billings” as a merchantman in Pacific waters between the years 1905 and 1923.Copyright Notice: Copyright restrictions may apply. See the copyright notice here.

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William H. Smith, 5-Masted Schooner

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William H. Smith

William H. Smith, from Archives and Manuscripts collections.

The collection describes a working schooner in the Pacific coast trade of the 1920s and 1930s.

Description: This collection captures the period from 1926 to 1932 of the merchant ship the “WILLIAM H. SMITH”, a 5-masted schooner.  The approximately six years covered in the ship’s log gives details of the ship’s involvement in Pacific trade from San Francisco.

Biographical Notes: The “William H. Smith” was built in 1883 in Bath, ME.  In 1900 she was purchased by the California Shipping Co. of  San Francisco.  In 1911 the vessel was converted to a floating cannery by the Weiding & Independent Fisheries Co. of Seattle, WA. In 1917 she became a coal barge for the Pacific Coast Coal Co., and in July 1919 she was sold to Charles Nelson & Co. and re-rigged as a five masted schooner.  Although operated until 1927, many of her later voyages were under tow.  Later she was at Oakland until 1933 when she was sold to become a fishing barge in Monterey, California but went ashore at that port on April 14th, 1933.

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John D. Swanfeldt Collection

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Portrait of John D. Swanfeldt, circa 1944.

The collection was created by John D. Swanfeldt who was an Intelligence Officer for the United States Navy Department.

Description:

Documents include birth certificate, educational records, certificates and awards, professional records, awards and certificates from employment for the United States Navy Department, Washington D.C. both prior to and after World War II. The collection contains several hundred personal letters of Swanfeldt to his family and his brother Roy, written from Washington D.C., Boulder, Colorado and Japan during duty there. A portrait of “Jack” in uniform is one of the few images of him as a young man. Objects and memorabilia such as maps, pamphlets, cards, lapel pins, and Navy form a part of this collection.

Biographical Notes:
John Douglas Swanfeldt was born June 21, 1921 in Los Angeles. He attended Le Conte Jr. High School, Hollywood High School, and the University of Southern California. Upon graduation he was employed by the United States Navy Department, Washington D.C.; later he applied for, trained and graduated in 1944 as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy. He was later assigned to Japan via San Francisco and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He served in Fukuoka, Japan as a translator and consort. John D. Swanfeldt retired from the Navy Department in 1972. He died in San Gabriel, California in 1996.

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