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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.

Request Library Appointment: To view the entire Doyle G. Trent Collection, please make an appointment with the Library. To make an appointment, please fill out the request for an appointment online.

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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