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Fellows and Stewart, Inc.

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Portrait of Rusty Fellows, circa 1933.

Rusty Fellows, circa 1933.

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

Title: Papers of Fellows and Stewart, Inc.

Dates: 1900-1967

Creator: Fellows and Stewart, Inc.

Extent: approximately 50 cu. ft. and ships lines

Physical characteristics:
Correspondence, documents, ships lines, photographic prints, published ephemera

Abstract:
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 of Fellows family members dating from the late 19th to the middle of the 20th century.

Biographical Notes:
Joe Fellows, Sr. (1865-1942) was a designer of sailboats for yacht racing, sail and motor cruisers, and speed boats. He opened a boat shop on Terminal Island, California, in 1896: it was to grow from a very small operation into a well-known boatbuilding, repair and refurbishing concern until 1967 when the company was sold to Harbor Boatbuilding. Of the boats designed by Joe Fellows, his prototypical racing sailboats, motor cruisers and speedboats became nationally recognized classic designs.

In 1917 the company became known as Fellows and Stewart, Inc., incorporating business partner Victor Stewart’s name. Stewart was to stay with the company until 1945. Joe Fellows’ son Richard Joseph Fellows (1912-1962), known as Rusty or Joe, lead the corporation after his father’s retirement in 1937. His wife, Lois Fellows became President after Rusty’s death until the firm was sold in 1967.

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

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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.

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

Title: William Muller Collection

Date: 1866-1980 (bulk 1865-1936)

Creator: Family of William A. Muller

Extent: 3 cu. ft. plus ships lines

Abstract: 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).

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

View the full Finding Aid: on O.A.C., Online Archive of California. Click on “Additional collection guides” to see the full finding aid.

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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.

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

Request Library Appointment:
To view the collection, please make an appointment online.