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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Fellows & Stewart, Inc.

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Portrait of Rusty Fellows, circa 1933.

Rusty Fellows, circa 1933.

The collection is entitled Papers of Fellows and Stewart, Inc., 1900-1967

The collection size is approximately 50 cu. ft. of correspondence, documents, photographic prints and negatives, plus ships lines or naval architectural drawings

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Description: The collection 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 and snapshots of the shipyard and Fellows family members dating from the late 19th to the middle of the 20th century.

Biographical Notes: Read more about the firm, the firm’s founder, Joe Fellows, Sr. (1865-1942) and Rusty Fellows (Joe Fellows, Jr.) 1905-1962.

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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
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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.

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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 War.

The collection includes parts from the ship, salvaged when it was scrapped in 1975. 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.

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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.