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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 following is excerpted from the finding aid for the collection.

Title: WILLIAM H. SMITH

Date: 1926 – 1932

Creator: Master and Crew of the WILLIAM H. SMITH

Extent: less than 1 cu. ft.

Abstract: 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.

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 H. SMITH Collection
Copyright Notice: Copyright restrictions may apply. See the copyright notice here.

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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

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

Title: Thomas Skahill Papers

Dates: 2000 – 2006

Creator: Thomas Skahill

Extent: 3 cu. ft.

Physical characteristics:
Correspondence, manuscripts, photographic prints, news clippings

Abstract: 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.

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

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Emil Aarup, ship builder and designer

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From a magazine advertisement for Emil Aarup Boats, circa 1915.

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

Title: Emil Aarup Collection

Dates: 1900-1940

Creator: Emil Aarup, 1878 – 1940

Extent: 3 cu. ft.

Physical characteristics:
Small craft lines, photographic prints, correspondence

Abstract:
Emil Aarup family photographic prints 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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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 following is excerpted from the finding aid for the collection.

Title: Sven Olsen Collection of the SS LIBERTY MANUFACTURER

Dates: October – December 1972

Creator: Sven Olsen

Extent: 1 cu. ft.

Physical characteristics:
Photographic prints, news clippings

Abstract:
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.

Administrative Information:
Repository: Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library
Access, Use: Prior arrangement with Librarian, Curator, or Museum Director
Preferred Citation for Reference Requests: Sven Olsen Collection
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Papers of Perry G. Davis

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

Title: Jim Cavin Collection of Perry G. Davis Papers

Date: 1908 – 1911

Creator: Perry G. Davis

Extent: less than 1 cu. ft.

Abstract: 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.

Administrative Information:
Repository: Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library
Access, Use: Prior arrangement with Librarian, Curator, or Museum Director
Preferred Citation for Reference Requests: Perry Davis Papers
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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 following is excerpted from the finding aid for the collection.

 

Title: Records of the Ocean Waif

Dates: 1925 – 1998

Creator: Lloyd and Nancy Killen

Extent: 1 cu. ft.

Physical characteristics: Correspondence, ships logs

Abstract: 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
Access, Use: Prior arrangement with Librarian, Curator, or Museum Director
Preferred Citation for Reference Requests: OCEAN WAIF
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Elmer Ellwood Bright

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

Title: Collection of Elmer Ellwood Bright

Dates: 1930-1966

Creator: Elmer Bright; Torrance Parker

Extent: 1 cu. ft.

Physical characteristics: Illustrations, photographic prints, artifacts of diving

Abstract: Contains personal correspondence and memorabilia; formats include books, manuals, working notes and instructions, awards, newspaper clippings, photographic prints, and souvenirs.

Scope note: Artifacts of diving are found in the Main Gallery of the Museum. Elmer Bright’s papers 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”.

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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Matthew Joseph Walsh Collection

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Matthew Joseph Walsh, cropped image

Matthew Joesph Walsh at the helm of sailboat, circa 1950.

The following is excerpted from the finding aid for the collection. View the full finding aid at Online Archive of California.

Title: Papers of Matthew Joseph Walsh

Dates: 1886 – 1951

Creator: Matthew Joseph Walsh, 1866-1960

Extent: 7 cu. ft.

Physical characteristics: Photographic prints, news clippings

Abstract: Contains news clippings, photographic prints and negatives, an original manuscript, journal and newspaper articles, and business correspondence (intermittently between 1928-1954).

Scope note:
The story of his life, yacht racing and boat building business in the Los Angeles Harbor is also found in an article by Thomas Skahill in Maritime Life and Traditions, 2005.

Biographical Note: Matthew Joseph Walsh was born in Little Canso, Nova Scotia in 1866. From the age of twelve, he worked with and spent most of his time on sailboats and yachts until his retirement in 1948. He died in San Pedro at the age of 94 in 1960.

Administrative Information:
Repository: Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library
Access, Use: Prior arrangement with Librarian, Curator, or Museum Director
Preferred Citation for Reference Requests: Matthew Joseph Walsh
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Papers of Cedric W. Windas

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

Title: Papers of Cedric Wilford Windas

Dates: 1888-1966. (bulk dates 1939 – 1966).

Creator: Cedric Wilford Windas

Extent: 6 cu. ft.

Physical characteristics: Original hand-colored and pen and ink illustrations, documents, artifacts of diving

Abstract: 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. The collection is available for research under supervision only, due to the fragility of the works.

Administrative Information:
Repository: Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library
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Preferred Citation for Reference Requests: Papers of Cedric Windas
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