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A guide to the George W. Elder (built 1874; steamship) passenger accommodations plan, 1890 April 30
HDC1300 (SAFR 21359)  
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  • Access
  • Publication and Use Rights
  • Processing Note
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Historical or Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Content
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Related Materials

  • Title: George W. Elder (built 1874; steamship) passenger accommodations plan
    Date: 1890 April 30
    Identifier/Call Number: HDC1300 (SAFR 21359)
    Creator: Unknown
    Physical Description: 1 item.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: The GEORGE W. ELDER (built 1874; steamship) passenger accommodations plan (SAFR 21359, HDC1300) consists of one blueprint showing the passenger accommodations for the steamship S.S. GEORGE W. ELDER. The vessel is also referred to as the GEO. W. ELDER. The drawing is dated April 30, 1890 and depicts the main deck. The document predates the ship's most famous voyage, the Harriman Alaska Expedition. The collection is open for use.
    Physical Location: San Francisco Maritime NHP, Historic Documents Department
    Language(s): In English.

    Access

    This collection is open for use unless otherwise noted.

    Publication and Use Rights

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    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], HDC1300 (SAFR 21359), George W. Elder (built 1874; steamship) passenger accommodations plan, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    SAFR-00001
    Gifted to the Park 25 January 1955

    Historical or Biographical Note

    The S.S. GEORGE ELDER (1874; steamship), also known as the GEO. W. ELDER, was built by Roach & Sons in Chester, Pennsylvania for the Oregon S.S. Co. in 1874. The ship was once chartered by the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. The GEORGE W. ELDER is probably best known as the ship that railway magnate Edward H. Harriman lavishly refitted for his famed expedition (on behalf of the U.S. Biological Survey) along the Alaskan coast in 1899. Harriman and his crew sailed through the Inside Passage, the Gulf of Alaska, the Aleutian Archipelago, north through the Bering Sea and Strait, to Nome. Crowds cheered the ship when it departed from Seattle on May 31, 1899, and the voyage was front-page news across the world. Naturalists John Muir and John Burroughs, and some of the nation's leading scientists were recruited for the voyage. The Harriman Alaska Expedition enriched the world's knowledge of the region and its environment, describing new genera and species, recording new fossil species and surveying new parts of the Alaskan territory.
    (Taken largely from "Harriman Expedition Retraced: A Century of Change," http://www.pbs.org/harriman/)

    Collection Scope and Content

    The GEORGE W. ELDER (built 1874; steamship) passenger accommodations plan (SAFR 21359, HDC1300) consists of one blueprint showing the passenger accommodations for the steamship S.S. GEORGE W. ELDER. The vessel is also referred to as the GEO. W. ELDER. The drawing is dated April 30, 1890 and depicts the main deck. The document predates the ship's most famous voyage, the Harriman Alaska Expedition. The collection is open for use.

    Collection Arrangement

    One blueprint stored in an A sized flat folder.

    Related Materials

    GEORGE W. ELDER (1874; steamship), freight contract, 1877, SAFR 00427, HDC0508
    • This material is located at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Harriman Alaska Expedition (1899)
    Steamboats
    GEO. W. ELDER (built 1874; steamship)
    Blueprints
    Architectural drawings
    Naval architects