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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 collection describes a working schooner in the Pacific coast trade of the 1920s and 1930s.

Description: 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.

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John D. Swanfeldt Collection

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Portrait of John D. Swanfeldt, circa 1944.

The collection was created by John D. Swanfeldt who was an Intelligence Officer for the United States Navy Department.

Description:

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.

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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.

Matthew Joseph Walsh was a yacht builder in Los Angeles Harbor between 1928 and 1954.

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

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. 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. He died in San Pedro at the age of 94 in 1960.

View the full finding aid for our collection on Matthew Walsh at Online Archive of California.

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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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