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Doyle Trent, Merchant Mariner

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Original documents for seamen in the Merchant Marines include licenses like this one, “Efficiency to Lifeboat Man”, registered to Doyle Trent, and the Seaman’s Passport Booklet.  From Doyle G. Trent Collection.

Original documents for seamen in the Merchant Marines include licenses like this one, “Efficiency to Lifeboat Man”, registered to Doyle Trent, and the Seaman’s Passport Booklet. From Doyle G. Trent Collection.

Description: Doyle G. Trent, a merchant mariner during World War II, collected objects, certificates, identification cards, portraits (one professional, one casual), passport booklet, from his tour of duty. The collection also contains various receipts from the Sailors Union of the Pacific.

Merchant Sailor Doyle Trent, 1944.

Merchant Sailor Doyle Trent, 1944.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Biographical Note: Catalina Island, just a short boat ride from Los Angeles Harbor, is usually associated with fun holidays and unspoiled natural beauty. But during World War II, the Island was closed to vacationers and was used for specialized military training. The US Merchant Marine had the largest presence on the island, and it was there that merchant mariner Doyle G. Trent (1925 -2012) reported for boot camp in 1943. He spent six weeks on the island and learned survival swimming along with how to shoot anti-aircraft guns. Between 1943 and 1948, Trent served on a variety of commercial vessels sailing to the South Pacific, Alaska, Germany, and England. He frequently sailed from West Coast ports including the Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro). Even after retirement, Trent never lost his fascination for the sea, and often visited San Pedro to view the ship traffic. After his death, his family donated his papers, photographs and personal items to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. The Trent collection gives us a glimpse into the life and travels of a typical merchant sailor during and immediately after World War II.

Objects in Doyle G. Trent Collection:

Seaman's identification booklet in Doyle Trent Collection.

Seaman’s identification booklet in Doyle Trent Collection.

Seaman’s identification book, used by Doyle Trent to store official papers; black leather with metal corners and black metal button snaps; six inside pages; gold print on top cover reads “Seaman’s Identification / image of ship / PAPERS ISSUED BY / U.S. Department of Commerce / in Washington, D.C.” and at lower right corner “GENUINE LEATHER”; no manufacturer name indicated.

Doyle G. Trent's seabag, back.

Doyle G. Trent’s seabag, back.

Doyle G. Trent's seabag.

Doyle G. Trent’s seabag.

 
 

Above, right, is the seabag that Doyle Trent used to store his supplies while training at Catalina Island. Though he was issued a standard military uniform his seabag sported some imaginative stenciling.

Selected signal cards from Doyle Trent's collection.

Selected signal cards from Doyle Trent’s collection.

Signal cards have diagrams and instructions for use.

Signal cards have diagrams and instructions for use.

 

Deck of 70 Signal cards; used by Doyle G. Trent during service as a Merchant Marine during WWII. These cards were used to identify the flag signals to coded messages from a ship. Each card contains printed information and color image of signal flag with an illustration of the semaphore method.

 
 
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Sources: Catalina Island Goes to War. / William Sanford White, 2002. White Limited Editions. Biographical statement, Doyle G. Trent Papers, Collection 52-j, Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library.

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Charles L. Sauerbier, USNR

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Press release image, dated 1963.

Press release image, dated 1963.

The collection of Charles L. Sauerbier shows his work with the Indonesian maritime academy. Charles Sauerbier is also the author of the book, “Marine Cargo Operations”, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1956.

Abstract: A collection of documents (photographic prints, printed brochures, presented papers, maps and ephemera) related to Charles Sauerbier’s work with a maritime academy in Indonesia in the 1960s.

Biographical information: Charles Sauerbier is the author of “Marine Cargo Operations”. At the time it was published he was chief of the Cargo Section, Department of Nautical Science, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

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The Liberty Manufacturer, a cargo ship

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8 x 10 photographic print, a copy, of the Liberty Manufacturer, grounded near Pt. Fermin at San Pedro Bay, California, 1972.

8 x 10 photographic print, a copy, of the Liberty Manufacturer, grounded near Pt. Fermin at San Pedro Bay, California, 1972.

The Sven Olsen Collection of the SS LIBERTY MANUFACTURER describes the events of an incident just outside the Los Angeles Harbor in the early fall of 1972.

Description:
The collection contains newspaper articles, snapshot images in color taken by the creator of the collection, and his diary account of the incident and events following it. Formats include newspaper clippings, photographs, and CD scans of selected newspaper articles.

Scope note: Specifications were not found in ships registers for this vessel, although the name and port of registry are shown painted on the hull at the time of this incident.

Biographical notes:
The LIBERTY MANUFACTURER was an 8000-ton cargo ship, carrying wood pulp and paper board en-route from Louisiana to Japan in early fall of 1972. The ship had begun to make its way into the Main Channel at Los Angeles Harbor when it ran aground just outside the channel. The cause of the mishap is suggested by the creator of these records. After a few days the ship was towed into San Pedro for repairs and later released back to duty.

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Papers of Perry G. Davis

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The collection was created by Perry G. Davis, a sailor in the U.S. Navy. He sailed with the Great White Fleet, travelling to Japan and China early in the 20th century.

Description: Postcards of scenes in Asia and the United States: 25 rural or urban scenes in China, 15 rural or urban scenes in Japan, 2 post card sets with applied color, mounted, of the Great White Fleet Tour of Asia, 1 U.S. scene depicting the winners of race of oarsmen in dory from USS SOUTH DAKOTA, 1 New Zealand water and landscape scene.

Biographical Note: Perry G. Davis (born 1886 in Missouri) was a sailor in the United States Navy on ships of the Great White Fleet during its tour of the Orient. Dates given in his journal and seaman’s papers are between 1908-1911.

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The Ocean Waif

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From a contact print in the Matthew Joseph Walsh Collection showing Ocean Waif and Thorobred in yacht racing competition, circa 1915.

The collection contains documents from the operation of a 20th century schooner.

Description: Contains early history, and operation and maintenance of the vessel when it was owned by the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.

Biographical notes: The ocean Waif was designed by Hugh Angelman as a 42-foot staysail schooner, built and launched at the Wilmington Boat Works (WILBO) in 1927. The schooner was raced successfully on the West coast, and sometime later the schooner was re-rigged as a ketch. The ketch was donated to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum in 1988.

Administrative Information:
Repository: Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library
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Elmer Ellwood Bright

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This collection contains illustrations, photographic prints, artifacts of diving collected by Elmer Bright, a diver for the U.S. Navy between the late 1920s and the late 1960s.

Description: Artifacts of diving are found in the Main Gallery of the Museum.

The Papers of Elmer Bright contain correspondence concerning questions and queries about Bright’s co-workers, colleagues and supervisors gathered by Torrance Parker during the research phase for Parker’s book “20,000 Jobs Under the Sea”. His collection also contains personal correspondence and memorabilia, books, manuals, working notes and instructions, awards, newspaper clippings, photographic prints, and souvenirs.

Biographical Note: Elmer Ellsworth Bright was born in Philadelphia PA on June 6th, 1911. He served in the U.S Navy as Seaman 1st Class, from August 1st, 1928 to May 24th, 1932, working as a diver in the Pacific Fleet. Following his U.S Navy service, he worked at an East coast naval shipyard, and later at Long Beach Naval Shipyard from 1943 until his retirement on June 6th, 1966. His working life from U.S Navy service through retirement from Long Beach Naval Shipyard was connected with diving as a diver, technician, instructor or consultant. The family stated that he died at about 90 years of age.

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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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