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A guide to the KAIULANI plans, design history and specifications, 1899, 1909-1910, 1971-1975
HDC1309 (SAFR 21368)  
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Description
KAIULANI plans, design history and specifications collection consists of plans, blueprints, diazotypes, specifications and reports related to the KAIULANI, the last American-built square rigger. Naval Architect Charles Wittholz consulted with Alan Hutchinson on the restoration of the KAIULANI in the 1960s for the National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS). He donated these materials to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park specifically to help with the construction of a half-size model of KAIULANI. The collection is available for use.
Background
According to "The Dictionary of Nautical Literacy," the KAIULANI was built in 1899 in Bath, Maine for service between San Francisco and Hawaii. The 250-foot, three-mast bark was the last American-built square rigger. The KAIULANI was also the last American square rigger in regular commercial service. The ship left San Francisco in September 1941 on its final voyage. The KAIULANI picked up lumber in Aberdeen, Washington and sailed around Cape Horn to Durban, South Africa and then onto Sydney, Australia. Once in Sydney, KAIULANI was converted into a barge to support U.S. forces in the Pacific. In 1963, a group of maritime enthusiasts formed the National Maritime Historical Society with the goal of restoring the KAIULANI and returning it from the Philippines to the United States. In October 1964, Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal donated KAIULANI to the U.S. Efforts to raise funds to restore the ship failed, and it was broken up in 1974.
Extent
36 items.
Restrictions
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.
Availability
This collection is open for use unless otherwise noted.