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A guide to the Alaska fishing and fishermen photographs, 1899-1959
P03-005 (SAFR 23369)  
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Series 1.  Photographs and printers' page proofs, 1899-1959 (bulk 1900-1930)

Extent: 17 items (in 20 physical forms: 16 black-and-white photographic prints and 4 printers' page proofs, ranging in size from 3.5 x 6 in. to 11 x 14 in.)

Scope and Content Note

Items 01-17. Contains material used in the publication of the article "The Great Star Fleet," written by Harold D. Huycke and two photographs not used in the article (Items 14 and 15). There are 16 black-and-white photographic prints of various sizes, with annotations and printers marks, of Alaska Packers Association vessels and fishermen involved in the cannery trade, 1899-1959 (bulk 1900-1930). There are also four printers' page proofs of captions to accompany the prints in the article. Not all of the prints in this collection were used in the publication of the article.
All of the photographs have editorial marks or notes written on the back, and some have notes, editorial marks and/or captions attached to them as well. Some of those marks include "Yachting Editorial" stamps and the dates "FEB 1960" and "MAR 1960."
Items 01-09 were used for Part I of the article. Items 10-13 were used in Part II. Not all of the photographs used in the article can be found in this collection. Item List: Item 01: View off the starboard quarter of STAR OF FINLAND (built 1899; bark, 3m) being shifted among other Alaska Packers Association vessels at anchor, most likely at Alameda, California. There is a man visible standing on deck aft. The Crowley launch, DIXIE (launch) is in the foreground with a man visible standing on deck. "Yachting Editorial" is stamped on the back, which includes width, depth, flush 4 sides, order number and article. This photograph appears in "The Great Star Fleet" and is credited to the San Francisco Maritime Museum collection.
Item 02: View from the deck of one vessel looking out at other cannery vessels at the mouth of the Nushagak River, Bristol Bay, Bering Sea, Alaska, circa 1900-1930. "Yachting Editorial" is stamped on the back, which includes width, depth, flush 4 sides, order number and article. This photograph appears in "The Great Star Fleet" and is credited to the San Francisco Maritime Museum collection.
Item 03: Approximately 17 Chinese crew members gambling and at leisure on the fo'c'sle head of HARVESTER (bark), sailing from Cook Inlet, Alaska, to San Francisco, California, 1899. According to annotations on the front of the print, it was photographed by Harry Pidgeon, and was used courtesy of Charles Mohle. "Yachting Editorial" is stamped on the back, which includes width, depth, flush 4 sides, order number and article. This photograph appears in "The Great Star Fleet" and is credited to the San Francisco Maritime Museum collection. It is the same photograph as SFMNHP Classified G09.08779.
Item 04: Deck view of fishermen talleying a full load of fish from PEARL (bunk scow) into a cannery lighter at Kvichak Bay, Alaska, 1921. DUCK (tugboat), RUBY (built 1896; bunk scow) and a lighter are in the background, along with other cannery vessels. Men are visible on the vessels in the foreground. Photograph by Axel Widerstrom. There is a typed piece of paper that used to be attached to the back of the print, which contains extensive notes regarding this photograph and the process of talleying fish, fishing limits, and cannery vessels, authored by Axel Widerstrom in July 1959. "Yachting Editorial" is stamped on the back of the print, which includes width, depth, flush 4 sides, order number and article. This photograph appears in "The Great Star Fleet" and is credited as a Widerstrom Photo. It is the same photograph as SFMNHP Classified G11.02503.
Item 05: Talleyman Colonel Cody giving new talleyman Fowler a "Unimak Pass Shave" on board STAR OF FRANCE (built 1877; ship, 3m), 1919. Colonel Cody is holding a large straight razor to the temple of Fowler, who has wide eyes and fists held up and clenched. There is an unidentified sailor in the background observing. The "Unimak Pass Shave" is an initiation activity for sailors passing through the Unimak Pass on their way to Alaska for the first time. "Yachting Editorial" is stamped on the back, which includes width, depth, flush 4 sides, order number and article. This photograph appears in "The Great Star Fleet" with no photograph credit in the article. This photograph is the same as SFMNHP Classified G9.02478.18, from the Axel Widerstrom Collection.
Item 06: Port broadside view of STAR OF GREENLAND (built 1892; bark, 4m) underway, circa 1900-1930. She is under full sail and there are men visible on deck. "Yachting Editorial" is stamped on the back, which includes width, depth, flush 4 sides, order number and article. This photograph appears in "The Great Star Fleet" and is credited as a San Francisco Maritime Museum Association Photo.
Item 07: Italian or Scandanavian fishermen's quarters in the 'tween deck of STAR OF HOLLAND (built 1885; bark, 3m), circa 1900-1930. The mess table is seen stretching the length of the hold with bunks on either side. There are two black-and-white prints of this photograph. The larger print has a caption that was printed in the article, which is taped to the front of the print and has an extensive note regarding the differences between quarters for Chinese sailors on the back. "Yachting Editorial" is stamped on the back, which includes width, depth, flush 4 sides, order number and article. This photograph appears in "The Great Star Fleet" with no photograph credit in the article.
Item 08: View off the starboard side of STAR OF HOLLAND (built 1885; bark, 3m) as she discharges lumber for the Diamond M Cannery, Naknek, Alaska, circa 1900-1930. Eight men are visible on the lumber scow which is alongside the bark. There are four square riggers in open water visible in the background. Photo by Axel Widerstrom. The caption used in the article is attached to the front of the print. This photograph appears in "The Great Star Fleet" but is not credited in the article. This is the same photograph as SFMNHP Classified G06.08116.
Item 09: Chinese labor contractors loading their own stores on board a salmon packet, San Francisco, California, 1906 April 12. This was just six days before the big earthquake that struck the city. Six men are standing on the dock with bags of rice piled behind them. The vessel they are loading is visible in the background and there is a cart visible in the foreground. Photograph from the John W. Procter Collection. This photograph appears in "The Great Star Fleet" and is credited to the John W. Proctor Collection of the San Francisco Maritime Museum. This is the same photograph as SFMNHP Classified A12.24365.
Item 10: Captain Rasmussen and mate "One More Tub," on deck of STAR OF POLAND (built 1901; bark, 4m) with other crew members in the background, 1916. The Captain is standing left with the mate squatting. Photograph from Captain William Dianus. There is a note regarding the nickname of the mate pasted to the back of the print. "Yachting Editorial" is stamped on the back of the print, which includes width, depth, flush 4 sides, order number and article. This photograph appears in "The Great Star Fleet" and is credited to Capt. Wm. Dianus. This is the same photograph as SFMNHP Classified J09.05013.
Item 11: Crew of ABNER COBURN (built 1882; ship, 3m) gathered on the grass at Menshikott Point, 1918. Men are sitting and standing around cooking pots, eating. The vessel was forced aground by ice. The vessel is seen docked in the background. "G3.5249" is written on the back of the print, but this number does not match the SNFMNHP Classified photograph with this number. "Yachting Editorial" is stamped on the back, which includes width, depth, flush 4 sides, order number and article. This photograph appears in "The Great Star Fleet" but is not credited in the article. This is the same photograph as SFMNHP Classified G11.06500.
Item 12: Deck view of Italian fishermen eating a meal on board STAR OF FRANCE (built 1877; ship, 3m), 1918. Men are standing on deck eating because they did not want to be served three different meals, but to be served all at once and they would not all fit in the messroom. Photograph by Axel Widerstrom, son of the master of STAR OF FRANCE (built 1877; ship, 3m) at this time, Captain John Widerstrom. There is a typed piece of paper that was once taped to this photograph, which contains extensive notes from Axel Widerstrom. "Yachting Editorial" is stamped on the back, which includes width, depth, flush 4 sides, order number and article. This photograph appears in "The Great Star Fleet" and is credited to Axel Widerstrom. This is the same photograph as SFMNHP Classified G9.36630, from the Axel Widerstrom Collection.
Item 13: STAR OF INDIA (built 1863; bark, 3m) at dock in San Diego, California, view off port quarter, 1959. Photograph by Karl Kortum. The caption from the article is taped to the front of the photograph. This photograph appears in "The Great Star Fleet" and is credited to Karl Kortum. This is the same photograph as SFMNHP Classified D01.09192.
Item 14: A man is sitting in a gill net fishing boat outside of the Northwestern Fisheries Cannery at Nushagak, Alaska, circa 1900-1920. Numerous gill net fishing boats are visible behind the man, on the beach. The cannery buildings are visible in the background. The Alaska Packers Association had around 900 of these boats stored in their canneries for the month-long fishing season. A caption is taped to the front of the photograph and credits the San Francisco Maritime Museum. This photograph does not appear in "The Great Star Fleet." It is the same photograph as SFMNHP Classified G12.06496.
Item 15: STAR OF INDIA (built 1863; bark, 3m), underway, port broadside view, traversing Unimak Pass, 1918. The vessel is under full sail and there are men visible working on deck. A caption is taped to the front of the photograph and credits Lieutenant Commander M. A. Ransom, U.S.C.G. "From Jerry Mac Mullen" written on the back of the print. "J7.7841pl" is written on the back of the print. This photograph was not published in "The Great Star Fleet." It is the same photograph as SFMNHP Classified J07.16807.
Item 16: Printers' page proof of captions for the sixth page of the article, 1960. "Yachting" publishing information is at the top and captions for the four photographs that appear on this page are aligned on the right side. There are two copies of this page: one has each text block marked with a letter, A-F.
Item 17: Printers' page proof of captions for the last page of the article, 1960. There are three captions on this page, but only two photographs and captions made it to the final print version. There are two copies of this page: one has the caption that did not get published marked as G-C, the other has the two captions that did make publication marked H and J.