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Charles L. Sauerbier, USNR

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Press release image, dated 1963.

Press release image, dated 1963.

The following is excerpted from the finding aid for the collection.

Title: Charles L. Sauerbier Collection

Dates: 1956-1965

Creator: Charles L. Sauerbier

Extent: less than 1 cu. ft.

Physical characteristics: Photographic prints, printed brochures, presented papers, maps and ephemera.

Abstract: A collection of documents 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, published by John Wiley & Sons, 1956. At the time it was published he was chief of the Cargo Section, Department of Nautical Science, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Administrative Information:
Repository: Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library
Access, Use: Prior arrangement with Librarian, Curator, or Museum Director
Preferred Citation for Reference Requests: Charles L. Sauerbier Collection
Copyright Notice: Copyright restrictions may apply. See the copyright notice here.

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Historic Documents of the Tug Angels Gate

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Scan of photographic print, “Tugboat Angels Gate” underway in the Main Channel, from Los Angeles Maritime Museum Collections.

The following is excerpted from the finding aid for the collection.

 

Title: Records of the Tug Angels Gate (ex. L.A.H.D. # 10, ex-ST-695)

Dates: 1942-1992; 1942-1982 bulk

Creator: Los Angeles Harbor Department

Extent: 10 cu. ft. of folders and volumes

Physical characteristics: Paper documents and log books, some hand-drawn diagrams for engine parts

Abstract: The Los Angeles Maritime Museum’s Tug Angels Gate is docked at Berth 84 in San Pedro year round. Tug documentation features the vessel’s history from construction in 1944 as a United States Army Transport Service “small tug” to her purchase by the Port of Los Angeles in 1946 and subsequent donation to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum in 1992.

The documents include vessel certification, repair orders, inventory, correspondence on acquisition between the United States Maritime Commission and Port of Los Angeles, transfer of title, name change, drydock reports, and the tug’s log books for the period from September 1945 to October 1977.

Scope and Content Notes:
Information on tug boats can be found in two books “U.S. Army Ships and Warcraft of World War II” published by Naval Institute Press, and “Ordeal of the Convoy NY 119” published by Ensign Press.

Tug boats at West coast maritime museums include the Hercules, a 151 foot ocean-going historic tug currently at the San Francisco Maritime Museum.

Biographical Notes: The harbor tug Angels Gate was built in 1944 as ST-695 for the United States Army Transport Service. The “ST” designates “small tug”, and this class was designed to support the Normandy Invasion. Built at Decatur Iron and Steel in Decatur, Alabama, ST-695 was accepted by the Army on December 27, 1944. The tug never operated in Europe and was declared surplus at the end of the war. Although records are incomplete for the immediate post war period, existing documentation places ST-695 at the Los Angeles Port of Embarkation at Wilmington as early as August, 1945. The Port of Los Angeles [Harbor Department] formally purchased ST-695 from the United States Maritime Commission in late 1946, renaming her L.A.H.D. #10. The tug was in constant use, helping to transport pile drivers and derrick barges during the post-war building boom. The tug accidentally sank in 1952, as a result of seacocks left open overnight. The July 23, 1952 memorandum in Box 2, Folder 9, is the only documentation associated with this mishap.

L.A.H.D. #10 was also the Port’s goodwill boat, used for harbor tours and as a backdrop for publicity events such as “Fashions Afloat”. Her name was officially changed to Angels Gate in January, 1956 to honor the lighthouse marking the entrance to the Port of Los Angeles.

In 1992, the Port retired Angels Gate and donated her to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. Records of her donation, subsequent refueling, drydocking, maintenance, volunteer activities, and movie roles are kept in the Curatorial Department’s donor files (2520) and are outside the scope of this collection of papers.

Administrative Information:
Repository: Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library
Access, Use: Prior arrangement with Librarian, Curator, or Museum Director
Preferred Citation for Reference Requests: Records of the Tug ANGELS GATE
Copyright Notice: Copyright restrictions may apply. See the copyright notice here.

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Dwight Stanley Long

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

The following is excerpted from the finding aid for the collection.

Title: Papers of Dwight Stanley Long

Dates: 1934 – 1993 (bulk 1934-1959)

Creator: Dwight Stanley Long

Extent: 1 cu. ft.

Physical characteristics:
Black and white photographs, loose and in scrapbooks, printed programs, books, correspondence

Abstract:
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.

Administrative Information:
Repository: Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library
Access, Use: Prior arrangement with Librarian or Curator, Museum Director
Preferred Citation:Papers of Dwight Long
Copyright Notice: Copyright restrictions may apply. Read our 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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SS Matsonia, a cargo ship

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The following description is excerpted from the finding aid for the collection.

Title: SS MATSONIA Reconstruction

Date: March 1987 to October 1987.

Creator: Unknown

Extent: 1 cu. ft.

Abstract: 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.

Administrative Information:
Repository: Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library
Access, Use: Prior arrangement with Librarian, Curator, or Museum Director
Preferred Citation for Reference Requests: Collection of SS MATSONIA Reconstruction
Copyright Notice: Copyright restrictions may apply. See the copyright notice here.

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John D. Swanfeldt Collection

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Portrait of John D. Swanfeldt, circa 1944.

The following is excerpted from the finding aid for the collection.

Title: John D. Swanfeldt Collection

Dates: 1921-1991 (bulk 1935-1947)

Creator: John D. Swanfeldt

Extent: 8 cu. ft.

Physical characteristics: correspondence, documents and photographic prints, ephemera and memorabilia

Abstract:

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.

Administrative Information:
Repository: Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library
Access, Use: Prior arrangement with Librarian, Curator, or Museum Director
Preferred Citation for Reference Requests: John D. Swanfeldt Collection
Copyright Notice: Copyright restrictions may apply. See the copyright notice here.

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Fellows and Stewart, Inc.

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Portrait of Rusty Fellows, circa 1933.

Rusty Fellows, circa 1933.

The following is excerpted from the finding aid for the collection.

Title: Papers of Fellows and Stewart, Inc.

Dates: 1900-1967

Creator: Fellows and Stewart, Inc.

Extent: approximately 50 cu. ft. and ships lines

Physical characteristics:
Correspondence, documents, ships lines, photographic prints, published ephemera

Abstract:
Contains papers of the corporation: accounts, sales transactions, letters of agreement, ships plans, photographic prints, inquiries and day to day correspondence, stock certificates and legal documents, correspondence, naval architectural drawings and photographs of the shipyard located in Los Angeles Harbor between early 1900 and 1967. Also contains professional photographic portraits of Fellows family members dating from the late 19th to the middle of the 20th century.

Biographical Notes:
Joe Fellows, Sr. (1865-1942) was a designer of sailboats for yacht racing, sail and motor cruisers, and speed boats. He opened a boat shop on Terminal Island, California, in 1896: it was to grow from a very small operation into a well-known boatbuilding, repair and refurbishing concern until 1967 when the company was sold to Harbor Boatbuilding. Of the boats designed by Joe Fellows, his prototypical racing sailboats, motor cruisers and speedboats became nationally recognized classic designs.

In 1917 the company became known as Fellows and Stewart, Inc., incorporating business partner Victor Stewart’s name. Stewart was to stay with the company until 1945. Joe Fellows’ son Richard Joseph Fellows (1912-1962), known as Rusty or Joe, lead the corporation after his father’s retirement in 1937. His wife, Lois Fellows became President after Rusty’s death until the firm was sold in 1967.

Administrative Information:
Repository: Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library
Access, Use: Prior arrangement with Librarian, Curator, or Museum Director
Preferred Citation for Reference Requests: Papers of Fellows and Stewart, Inc.
Copyright Notice: Copyright restrictions may apply. See the copyright notice here.

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USS Los Angeles, CA-135

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USS Los Angeles, CA-135

8 x 10 photographic print from the I. Roy Coats Brass Room Collection shows the USS Los Angeles underway, circa 1957.

Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library Collection

USS LOS ANGELES CA-135, 1 cu. ft. and Museum artifacts.

The USS Los Angeles, a heavy cruiser, was built at Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1943, and commissioned in 1945 and sailed to the western Pacific to join the 7th Fleet. She returned to San Francisco in 1947 and was de-commissioned in 1948, entering the Pacific Reserve Fleet. The Los Angeles was re-commissioned in 1951, and sailed to join the 7th Fleet in the Korean theater. She returned to Long Beach in 1953 for battle damage repairs. In the next decade she completed 8 more deployments to the Far East. She returned to Long Beach from her final deployment in 1963, was de-commissioned and joined the Pacific Reserve Fleet. The Los Angeles received 5 battle stars for her service during the Korean conflict.

The collection includes parts from the ship, salvaged when it was taken down in 1989. These are on display both inside and outside the Museum. The records of the disposition of the ship and its gunnery records are also part of this collection.

Please call the Library at 310-548-7618 for more information. For an appointment to view the collections, please fill out a Library Request form here.

The Library’s Special Collections

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A portion of the inset from chart, "Preliminary Survey of Anacapa Island and East End of Santa Cruz island California", A.D. Bache, 1856

A portion of the inset from chart, “Preliminary Survey of Anacapa Island and East End of Santa Cruz island California”, A.D. Bache, 1856

The Library’s Special Collections is an open collection consisting of items from the Research Library and Archives on general maritime and Port of Los Angeles geographic and oceanic data selected for easy access and for referencing specific information.

There are four parts to this collection. Each part is described in detail separately. The parts are: Reference Books and Training Manuals, News clippings, Maps and charts, and Pamphlets and ephemera on small craft and recreational boating.

Formats for Maps and charts include navigational charts, pilot charts, maps and atlases, etc. that were published and printed for sale and have been collected for their research and reference value.

Please send a request for more information on this collection, using the questionnaire form here.

George Billings, 5-Masted Schooner

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

The following is excerpted from the finding aid for the collection.

Title: GEORGE BILLINGS Collection

Date: 1905-1923

Creator: Herbert F. Weddle

Extent: 1 cu. ft.

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.

Administrative Information:
Repository: Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library
Access, Use: Prior arrangement with Librarian, Curator, or Museum Director
Preferred Citation for Reference Requests: GEORGE BILLINGS Collection
Copyright Notice: Copyright restrictions may apply. See the copyright notice here.

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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.

The following is excerpted from the finding aid for the collection.

Title: William Muller Collection

Date: 1866-1980 (bulk 1865-1936)

Creator: Family of William A. Muller

Extent: 3 cu. ft. plus ships lines

Abstract: 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).

Administrative Information:
Repository: Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library
Access, Use: Prior arrangement with Librarian, Curator, or Museum Director
Preferred Citation for Reference Requests: William Muller Collection
Copyright Notice: Copyright restrictions may apply. 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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