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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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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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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.

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

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To view the collection, please make an appointment online.