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A guide to the Captain Henri Martinus Van Nieuwenhuysen records, 1937-1961
HDC0597 (SAFR 4)  
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  • Title: Captain Henri Martinus Van Nieuwenhuysen records
    Date: 1937-1961
    Date (bulk): 1943-1961
    Identifier/Call Number: HDC0597 (SAFR 4)
    Creator: Van Nieuwenhuysen, Henri Martinus
    Physical Description: 8.6 linear ft.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    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

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    Processing Note

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    Preferred Citation

    [Item description], [Location within collection organization identified by Collection Number/Series Number/File Unit Number/Item Number], HDC0597 (SAFR 4), Captain Henri Martinus Van Nieuwenhuysen records, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    A private individual donated these items to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

    Historical or Biographical Note

    Henri Martinus Van Nieuwenhuysen was born on August 8, 1894 in Waterfall, South Africa. A subject of Holland, Nieuwenhuysen became a naturalized American citizen on September 7, 1928. Prior to his naturalization, Nieuwenhuysen married on September 6, 1919 and he and his wife Ethel Nora Van Nieuwenhuysen had four children though the names of only three are known; Barbara Anna on April 15th, 1923, Hanora Margurate on September 7th, 1924, and Henrietta Albertina on June 3rd, 1926.
    Nieuwenhuysen graduated high school in Holland before graduating from navigation school in Rotterdam. Over his life he held ground instruction licenses for aerial navigation and air meteorology, a certificate in navigation from Humboldt Evening High School in San Francisco, a license as Master Ocean Steam Vessels Unlimited issued by the U.S. Coast Guard and also the same license issued from Liberia. He was a licensed ship and charter broker Class A in the State of California. He could speak read and write Dutch, French & English as well as speak and read German. He was a member of the Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots. He studied Trade and Industrial Teacher Training at the University of California at Los Angeles Division of Vocational Education in 1940.
    Nieuwenhuysen worked for most of his life with oceangoing vessels, setting out to sea in 1912 and receiving his first command in 1934 of the tow boat Frank B. From 1941 to 1943 he was employed as an associate naval architect and outfitting superintendent in various shipyards on the west coast constructing war emergency vessels. During this time he served as the trial run master and port captain for the Richmond Shipbuilding Corporation commanding several ships though their trial runs.
    From 1943 to 1949 Nieuwenhuysen sailed as master on various vessels beginning with the SS RING LARDNER as his first captaincy of a steamship before conducting his own ship chartering and ship agency business, the Trans Oceanic Shipping and Trading Co. in San Francisco until 1951. He would return to captaining steam vessels in 1951 and continue until 1961 with his last command of the SS SAXON. Over his career he worked with several shipping and steamship companies including the McCormick Steamship Company, Prudential Steamship Corp., the Tankship Management Corp., and the Mar-Trade Corp.

    Collection Scope and Content

    The Captain Henri Martinus Van Nieuwenhuysen records (SAFR 4 HDC 597) is comprised personal papers mainly letters of reference and schoolwork, and documentation of his career. Ships papers include Master's accounts, payroll accounts, ship's articles, slopchest records, repair records, correspondence, radio messages, allotment requests, customs documents, manifests, crew lists, and ships logs from his time commanding and performing trial runs on shipping vessels. The collection is predominantly in English with some Dutch and Spanish. The collection is available for use.

    Collection Arrangement

    Arranged in chronological order by voyage number.

    Related Materials

    Night order books kept by Captain Henri Martinus van Nieuwenhuysen, 1943-1960 (SAFR 17246, HDC 329)
    • This material is located at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
    Captain Henri Martinus van Nieuwenhuysen photograph, circa 1935-1965 (SAFR 23314, P98-011)
    • This material is located at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park