Information for Researchers
Title: Copy negatives of newspaper clippings on steam schooners and ship figurehead,
Date: circa 1920-1929
Collection No: P05-009
San Francisco Maritime Museum
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Calif.)
Historic Documents Department
Building E, Fort Mason
San Francisco, California 94123
Abstract: This collection consists of copy negatives of newspaper clippings west coast vessels.
Physical Location: Historic Documents Department
The following are indexing terms related to the description of this collection.
Wapama (steam schooner)
Celilo (steam schooner)
America (built 1874; ship, 3m)
Photography of ships
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
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.
[Item title or description including date]. Copy negatives of newspaper clippings on steam schooners and ship figurehead,
P05-009. [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 3/15/2005.
ANCS+ Catalog No. SAFR 20648.
The collection is cataloged in the National Park Service (NPS) Automated National Catalog System (ANCS+). A portion of the
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The steam schooner WAPAMA was the last of 235 steam schooners built on the west coast. She was built in 1915 for the coastal
lumber trade between Oregon and California. WAPAMA built by the St. Helens Shipbuilding Company at St. Helens, OR, for the
McCormack Steamship Company. In the early 1920s, she and her sister ship, the CELILO were sold when the McCormack fleet all
went steel. In 1936, the WAPAMA moved to Seattle, the property of the Alaska Transportation Company, and her name was changed
to TONGASS. The TONGASS remained operating, carrying mail, freight and passengers between Seattle and Alaska, until 1947.
In 1949, she was sold to a Seattle scrap firm, and was docked there for several years. In 1957, the WAPAMA was bought by the
state of California and put on display at the San Francisco Maritime Museum. After extensive restoration, she was open to
the public in 1963 at the Hyde Street Pier. WAPAMA was placed on a barge in 1980, when she could no longer remain afloat due
to her weak structural hull. In 1984, she was named a national historic landmark.
CELILO was a sister ship to WAPAMA. CELILO ended up as wreckage lying on a deserted island in Suisun Bay, and was burned by
vandals on the eve of an expedition to salvage materials.
The photographs were acquired by the San Francisco Maritime Museum from an unidentified source prior to Golden Gate National
Recreation Area acquisition of the collection and they were transferred to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
under the blanket accession SAFR-00001.
Accession number SAFR-00001.
Scope and Content
This collection consists of copy negatives of newspaper clippings west coast vessels.
The images depict a figurehead from America (built 1874; ship, 3m); Wapama (built 1915; steam schooner) and Celilo (built
1913; steam schooner) unloading in an unknown port; and "Big anchor rope of fiber stronger than chains," advertisement.