Information for Researchers
Title: Knut Wullfschmidt and Pacific (freighter) photographs,
Collection No: P05-010
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Calif.)
Historic Documents Department
Building E, Fort Mason
San Francisco, California 94123
Abstract: This collection consists of 18 photographs from aboard the freighter PACIFIC from 1910-1920.
Physical Location: Historic Documents Department
The following are indexing terms related to the description of this collection.
Photography of ships
Stranding of ships
Ships--Maintenance and repair
Information for Researchers
This collection is open for research.
There are no restrictions based on the condition of this material. However, you should be aware that access to collection
material is always at the discretion of NPS curatorial staff if the condition warrants restricting the access and handling
of the collection items at any time.
Conditions of Use
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reside with the individual or corporate body responsible for the creation of the materials, or with their heirs. It is the
user's responsibility to respect the provisions of the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).
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[Item title or description including date]. Knut Wullfschmidt and Pacific (freighter) photographs, P05-010. [Location within
collection organization identified by container number, series number, file unit number, or item number]. Historic Documents
Department, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
Processing and Cataloging
Processed by Charles Miller and completed 3/24/2005.
ANCS+ Catalog No. SAFR 20659.
The collection is cataloged in the National Park Service (NPS) Automated National Catalog System (ANCS+). A portion of the
ANCS+ catalog record can be viewed on the NPS
Museum Collections on the Web Catalog
by searching on the catalog number 20659 at
. Do not include the acronym "SAFR" in the search.
Knut Wullfschmidt served aboard the freighter PACIFIC in the late 1910s and early 1920s. In the 1930s, Wullfschmidt worked
as a dock man for the California Stevedore & Ballast Co. at Pier 26. In 1979, Wullfschmidt returned to Sweden to retire. The
freighter PACIFIC out of Stockholm was the second ship on the Johnson Line's North Pacific route. She was built in Copenhagen
in December 1914, and she hauled cargo for ports in South and Central America and the West Indies. A short typed note states
that Wullfschmidt worked with Harry Bridges at Pier 36 in the early 1930s. The note has been placed in the Historic Documents
Department photograph collection folder for P05-010.
The photographs and postcards were probably donated to San Francisco Maritime Musuem by Knut Wullfschmidt before 1979. The
materials were accessioned into the National Park Service when the museum was made a unit of Golden Gate National Recreation
Area and then were transferred (accession no. SAFR-1) to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park after the establishment
of the new park in 1989.
Accession number SAFR-00001.
Scope and Content
This collection consists of 18 photographs from aboard the freighter PACIFIC from 1910-1920.
The photographs of the PACIFIC were taken by crewmember Knut Wulfschmidt. There are 11 photographic prints and 7 postcards.
Arranged in chronological order.
1. 4-masted full-rigged ship, photo taken by Wullfschmidt aboard PACIFIC, 1919.
2. 5-masted barkentine BRIGHT (?), taken from PACIFIC, 1919. Photo by Wullfschmidt. He identifies her as a 4-masted ship.
3. Postcard, PACIFIC in Baltimore, 1919. Corners trimmed. Photo by Wullfschmidt.
4. Port of Valparasio, Chile, 1920, with numerous vessels, including the M/S PACIFIC. Noted on back of print that to the
right of PACIFIC is the POTOSI of Hamburg. Photo taken by Knut Wullfschmidt.
5. Knut Wullfschmidt (with plug hat), on wreckage of PETSCHILI, wrecked near Valparaiso, 1920. (PETSCHILI was a 4-masted
steel barque stranded and wrecked at Valparaiso during a northerly storm on July 12, 1919).
6. PETSCHILI, wrecked at Valparaiso, Chile, 1920.
7. San Francisco Pier 40, Johnson Line, Scandinavia, people on pier waving to ship, 1920. The PACIFIC was headed for Union
Bay in Canada to load coal for England for a coal strike. Photo by Wullfschmidt. Photo trimmed at corners.
8. PACIFIC, 1920
9. Postcard, PACIFIC, aground, August 28, 1920. Photo by Wullfschmidt
10. Scene of Canadian coast (or possibly where PACIFIC ran aground), Photo by Wullfschmidt.
11. Postcard, PACIFIC ran aground Strait of Juan de Fuca, August 28, 1920. Photo by Wullfschmidt.
12. Postcard, PACIFIC, ran aground Strait of Juan de Fuca, August 28, 1920. Photo by Wullfschmidt.
13. PACIFIC on the rocks at Strait of Juan de Fuca, August 28, 1920. Corners trimmed. Photo by Wullfschmidt.
14. Postcard, PACIFIC in dry dock for repairs, Victoria, B.C., photo taken by Wullfschmidt.
15. 4-masted ship ANTOFAGASTA, towed back to Germany, 1920.
16. 4-masted French ship coming in to port at Antofagasta, Chile. Photo by Wullfschmidt. The caption says that she was on
fire when they opened up the hatches, and that she was up on the beach four days later.
17. Postcard, PACIFIC at Antofagasta, Chile. Corners trimmed. Photo by Wullfschmidt.
18. Postcard, PACIFIC at unidentified port, corners trimmed.