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A guide to the Stuart P. Walsh collection, 1918-1922, 1939-1941, 1947, 1973
HDC1320 (SAFR 21383)  
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  • Historical or Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Content
  • Collection Arrangement

  • Title: Stuart P. Walsh collection
    Date: 1918-1922, 1939-1941, 1947, 1973
    Identifier/Call Number: HDC1320 (SAFR 21383)
    Compiler: Walsh, Stuart P.
    Physical Description: 37 items.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: The Stuart P. Walsh collection (HDC 1320, SAFR 21383) consists of logbooks; letters and newspaper clippings, a Coast Guard operator's license and photographs.
    Physical Location: San Francisco Maritime NHP, Historic Documents Department
    Language(s): In English.


    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

    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.
    Please 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], HDC1320 (SAFR 21383), Stuart P. Walsh collection, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    SAFR-02202 (11 items)
    Gift from the Associates of the National Maritime Museum Library.

    Historical or Biographical Note

    Stuart P. Walsh, who collected these documents, was head of the Seattle Boy Scouts and instrumental in starting the first Sea Scout Chapter in the city of San Francisco.
    Walsh wrote five manuals for Boy Scout leaders including the pamphlet, Sea Scouts Afloat: Hints on Cruising in 1932 with his co-author Harry B. Jones. The yacht WHITE LIGHT sailed out of Seattle.
    The passenger vessel the PRINCESS SOPHIA was built in 1912 by Bow, McLachlan and Company of Paisley, Scotland. The ship was built for the Canadian Pacific Line's Alaska run, and made its maiden voyage in June of 1912. On October 25, 1918, the steam ship struck Vanderbilt Reef, in Alaskan territory, and all 268 passengers on board were killed. According to "The Wreck of the Princess Sophia" (http://www.ssislander.co.uk/sophia.html), the ship's sinking was "Southeast Alaska's worst maritime disaster."

    Collection Scope and Content

    The Stuart P. Walsh collection (HDC 1320, SAFR 21383) consists of logbooks; letters and newspaper clippings, a Coast Guard operator's license and photographs.
    Stuart P. Walsh collected logbooks for the WHITE LIGHT (built 1934; yacht); letters and newspaper clippings about the sinking of the PRINCESS SOPHIA (built 1912; passenger vessel) and the subsequent litigation. Walsh also had a license to operate motor boats carrying passengers for hire issued by the US Coast Guard; and photographs of various places and vessels in the Pacific Northwest. The collection has been processed to the file unit level and is open for use without restrictions.

    Collection Arrangement

    Two series: documents and photographs. Series 1 are documents contained in four file folders and Series 2 are photographs separated to a large flat box.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Walsh, Stuart P.
    Princess Sophia (Steamboat)
    White Light (built 1934; yacht)
    Pacific Coast (U.S.)
    Photographic prints