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Finding Aid to the Knut Wullfschmidt And Pacific (Freighter) Photographs, 1919-1920
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  • Summary

    Title: Knut Wullfschmidt and Pacific (freighter) photographs,
    Date: 1919-1920
    Collection No: P05-010
    Creator: Wullfschmidt, Knut

    Extent: 18 items.
    Repository: 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
    Language: In English.

    Indexing Terms

    The following are indexing terms related to the description of this collection.
    Pacific (freighter)

    Photography of ships

    Stranding of ships

    Ships--Maintenance and repair

    Valparaíso (Chile)


    Photographic prints

    Information for Researchers

    Access Information

    This collection is open for research.

    Access Information

    Condition Restrictions

    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

    The San Francisco Maritime NHP possesses physical property rights through ownership of the materials. However, copyright may 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). Permission to reproduce or publish from this collection must be secured by the user from the copyright holders.
    Preferred Citation
    [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/Project Information

    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 http://www.museum.nps.gov/safr/page.htm. Do not include the acronym "SAFR" in the search.

    Administrative Information



    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.

    Custodial History

    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.

    Administrative Information

    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.
    Item Inventory

    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.