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A guide to the Captain A.H. Sorensen papers, 1924-1981
HDC0037 (SAFR 17608)  
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  • Access
  • Publication and Use Rights
  • Processing Note
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Historical or Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Content
  • Collection Arrangement

  • Title: Captain A.H. Sorensen papers
    Date: 1924-1981
    Identifier/Call Number: HDC0037 (SAFR 17608)
    Captain: Sorenson, Captain Albert H.
    Physical Description: .3 linear feet
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: The Captain A.H. Sorensen papers (SAFR 17608, HDC 37) is comprised of correspondence, letters of reference, newsclippings and other papers regarding the Captain's career from 1924 to 1938. The collection is processed and is open for use.
    Physical Location: San Francisco Maritime NHP, Historic Documents Department
    Language(s): In English.

    Access

    This collection is open for use unless otherwise noted.

    Publication and Use Rights

    Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

    Processing Note

    Note on Description: The descriptions in this collection guide were compiled using the best available sources of information. Such sources include the creator's annotations or descriptions, collection accession files, primary and secondary source material and subject matter experts. While every effort was made to provide accurate information, in the event that you find any errors in this guide please contact the reference staff in order for us to evaulate and make corrections to this guide. P lease cite the title and collection number in any correspondence with our staff.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item description], [Location within collection organization identified by Collection Number/Series Number/File Unit Number/Item Number], HDC0037 (SAFR 17608), Captain A.H. Sorensen papers, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    SAFR-00001
    The collection was gifted to the National Park Service, Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 1984.

    Historical or Biographical Note

    Captain A.H. Sorensen was born in Denmark and began his seafaring career at age 6. He appeared in San Francisco around 1890 and worked from local ports for the remainder of his life until 1938. Employment on various vessels include the QUEEN (schooner), the IDA SNOW (schooner), the SNOW & BURGESS (built 1878; schooner, 5m), and the CALIFORNIA (built 1911; steam schooner), owned by the California Whaling Company, San Francisco, California. He drowned in the Alameda Estuary in 1938 where his body was found floating at the foot of Ninth Avenue. It is believed he lost his footing and fell into the water while boarding the BARBARA C. (schooner). He was employed as a night watchman on the lumber schooner BARBARA C. at the time.

    Collection Scope and Content

    The Captain A.H. Sorensen papers (SAFR 17608, HDC 37) is comprised of correspondence, letters of reference, newsclippings and other papers regarding the Captain's career from 1924 to 1938. The collection is processed and is open for use.
    Documents of interest include a description of the SNOW & BURGESS (built 1878; schooner, 5m) dated June 12, 1903; 2 pages from the The Seaman's Journal with an article featuring the ROLPH (bark) dated June 15, 1921; descriptions of the C.A. THAYER, WAPAMA, ALMA and EUREKA when they were part of the San Francisco Maritime State Historic Park, and newsclippings relating to ships and the San Francisco Bay dating from 1954 to 1981.

    Collection Arrangement

    This is a small collection with no arrangement.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Correspondence
    Ship captains
    Schooners
    Snow & Burgess (Schooner)
    Clippings
    Correspondence