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A guide to the Henry Finch Jr. photograph collection, 1892-1934
P97-011 (SAFR 24258)  
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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: Henry Finch Jr. photograph collection
    Date: 1892-1934
    Identifier/Call Number: P97-011 (SAFR 24258)
    Creator: Finch, Henry, Jr.
    Physical Description: 13 items.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: The Henry Finch Jr. photograph collection, 1892-1934, (SAFR 24258, P97-011) is comprised of copy negatives of Henry Finch and Sons salvage divers and various steam and sailing vessels, mostly in Seattle, Washington. The collection has been processed to the Collection level and 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

    Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

    Processing Note

    Items 05-11 are copies of photographic postcards and Item 12 is a copy of a snapshot. The original photographic type of the other Items was not recorded.
    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], P97-011 (SAFR 24258), Henry Finch Jr. photograph collection, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    SAFR-01133
    In 1996, Mary Ellen Finch, daughter-in-law of Henry Finch Jr., loaned three photograph albums to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (SAFR-01132). The Park made copy negatives from 13 of the photographs in the albums and accessioned the copies as SAFR-01333 in 1997. The photograph albums were returned to the Finch family.
    The photograph albums may have been assembled by Henry Finch Jr, alothough some of the photograph may have been from his father, Henry Finch Sr. At least one of the copied photographs dates to after Henry Finch Sr.'s death, so Finch Jr. is more likely to have assembled the albums.

    Historical or Biographical Note

    Henry Finch Sr. (1850-1926) operated Henry Finch and Sons, a diving and salvage business, with his son, Henry Finch Jr. (1887-1961), in Seattle, Washington. Prior to his diving business, Finch Sr. worked at the lifesaving station located in Manistee, Michigan, from at least 1880-1889 (additional years possible, but not confirmed). Circa 1900, he travelled to Alaska for gold prospecting. Sometime between 1900-1910, he relocated to Seattle, Washington, and began a career as a salvage diver throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

    Sources:

    • Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.
    • Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
    • Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
    • Captain Henry S. Finch. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=77679834&ref=acom. Accessed September 30, 2014.
    • Henry S. Finch, Sr. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16597799&ref=acom. Accessed September 30, 2014.

    Collection Scope and Content

    The Henry Finch Jr. photograph collection, 1892-1934, (SAFR 24258, P97-011) is comprised of copy negatives of Henry Finch and Sons salvage divers and various steam and sailing vessels, mostly in Seattle, Washington. The collection has been processed to the Collection level and is open for use.
    Contains photographs of Henry Finch and Sons crew in diving suits; schooners and steamships moored aground, and underway; and other scenes, including a party and Alaska mining activities, 1892-1934. Some locations are identified as Seattle, Washington. There are 13 unique photographic images (black-and-white copy negatives, 4 x 5 in.).

    Photographs

    • Item 01. SAIDIE (built 1898; paddle steamer) moored, port broadside view, 1898-1904. N.C. Co. vessel. The original photograph was possibly taken by E.A. Hegg (his name appears faintly on the image) and reproduced by F.H. Nowell (his name is clearly visible in the lower left corner). Photog. no. 2163.
    • Item 02. FRANK H. BUCK (built 1914; tanker) aground at Point Pinos, Pacific Grove, California, starboard bow view, 1924 May. Associated Oil Co. tanker. A group of four men is seated in the foreground surrounded by luggage.
    • Item 03. Group portrait at George Broom's annual clam party, 1934 February 10. Likely in Seattle, Washington. Twenty-nine men and one dog are in view near the waterfront. The Diamond Ice & Storage Co. building is in the background.
    • Item 04. Nome, Alaska, 1900. View of tents along the shoreline and mining activities. Photographed by Lomen Bros., photog. no. 995.
    • Item 05. ANNA OCLA (schooner, 2m) in the stream, port broadside view, circa 1895-1925. Men are visible on board.
    • Item 06. Henry Finch and Sons crew, one of whom is wearing a diving suit, aboard a diving scow, possibly in Seattle, Washington, circa 1905-1925. The photographic postcard from which the copy negative was made had negative no. 11194 on the verso.
    • Item 07. GREAT BEAR (built 1916; schooner, 3m) docked, stern view, at Schwabacher Wharf, Pier 7, Seattle, Washington, 1916.
    • Item 08. GREAT BEAR (built 1916; schooner, 3m) docked, bow view, possibly at Schwabacher Wharf, Pier 7, Seattle, Washington, 1916.
    • Item 09. Diver descending a ladder from a Neptune Salvage Co. barge in Seattle, Washington, 1908. Other men are visible on board the barge. The photographic postcard from which the copy negative was made had the following information handwritten on the verso: "Henry Finch & Sons - 1908 / picking up 800 English / railroad rails Pier 8 / Seattle Scow load / capsized. / James Moore - Vancouver B.C / H. Finch Jr. / H. Finch Sr. / Divers."
    • Item 10. GRANT (steamship) docked, starboard bow view, circa 1895-1925.
    • Item 11. GOLIAH (built 1907; tugboat) pulling SNOHOMISH (built 1908; cutter: U.S. Coast Guard) off the beach at Restoration Point, Washington, 1916 January 3.
    • Item 12. Diver descending a ladder, circa 1905-1925.
    • Item 13. COLUMBIA RIVER NO. 50 (built 1892; lightship) likely on the Columbia River Bar, stern view, 1892-1909. A rowboat with seven men aboard is alongside. Photographed by Coe.

    Collection Arrangement

    Arranged in the order listed on the In-House Photo Order Form in the collection file, which might be the order in which they were found in the photograph albums. Items 01-04 were located in the album labeled "Photographs." Item 05 was located in the album labeled "Souvenir Cards." Items 06-12 were located in the album labeled "Postal Souvenirs." Item 13 is not listed on the form, so it is unknown which album it was copied from.

    Related Materials

    Harold D. Huycke collection, 1868-2007. SFMNHP, (SAFR 22224, HDC 1600). Consists of the papers of maritime historian Harold Huycke as well as papers and records he collected from other individuals and organizations involved in maritime history. See Series 12.2.4.7, File Unit 3, for copy prints made from the negatives in P97-011, SAFR 24258.
    • This material is located at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Deep diving
    Salvage
    Merchant ships
    Seattle (Wash.)
    Black-and-white negatives