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

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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.

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

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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.

Administrative Information:Please inquire at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library.

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

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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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