Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
A guide to the VC2-S-AP3 Cargo Ship reference plans, 1907-1976
HDC1308 (SAFR 21367)  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (62.28 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
 
Table of contents What's This?
  • Access
  • Publication and Use Rights
  • Processing Note
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Historical or Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Content
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Related Materials

  • Title: VC2-S-AP3 Cargo Ship reference plans
    Date: 1907-1976
    Date (bulk): 1943-1944
    Identifier/Call Number: HDC1308 (SAFR 21367)
    Creator: Various
    Physical Description: 3 linear ft.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: The VC2-S-AP3 Cargo Ship reference plans collection (SAFR21367, HDC1308) 1907-1976, bulk 1943-1944, consists of blueprints and diazotypes of Reference Plans for VC2-S-AP3 Cargo, or Victory, Ships used during World War II. Other record types are charts, tables, diagrams, booklets of general plans, news clippings, notes, correspondence, periodicals, pamphlets and assembly instructions. Most of the ships were built for the United States Maritime Commission (USMC) by the California Shipbuilding Corporation. George G. Sharp of New York was the Design Agent. Other creators include Westinghouse Electric; Pelham Electrical Manufacturing Corp.; and the Paragon Electric Company; Bethlehem Pacific Coast Steel Corporation, Shipbuilding Division, San Pedro Yard, Terminal Island, California; Foster Design Agency for Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, California; Norfolk Naval Shipyard; United States Coastguard; and the United States Navy. 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

    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

    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], HDC1308 (SAFR 21367), VC2-S-AP3 Cargo Ship reference plans, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    SAFR-00001
    These blueprints and diazotypes are part of a bulk accession from Golden Gate National Recreational Area when the San Francisco Maritime Museum became a National Historical Park in 1988.

    Historical or Biographical Note

    Victory ships were produced in large numbers during World War II. They were designed to replace shipping loses caused by German submarines; they were faster and had stronger hulls than Liberty ships. AP3-type Victory ships had 8,000 horsepower engines. North American shipyards built 141 of this type ship during the war.
    Most of the reference plans are for AP3-type Victory ships more generally. However, the collection does include blueprints and diazotypes that were produced by specific shipyards or corporations for specific ships. Information on those ships and yards is provided in the Container lists so researchers can pursue those particular histories.

    Collection Scope and Content

    The VC2-S-AP3 Cargo Ship reference plans collection (SAFR21367, HDC1308) 1907-1976, bulk 1943-1944, consists of blueprints and diazotypes of Reference Plans for VC2-S-AP3 Cargo, or Victory, Ships used during World War II. Other record types are charts, tables, diagrams, booklets of general plans, news clippings, notes, correspondence, periodicals, pamphlets and assembly instructions. Most of the ships were built for the United States Maritime Commission (USMC) by the California Shipbuilding Corporation. George G. Sharp of New York was the Design Agent. Other creators include Westinghouse Electric; Pelham Electrical Manufacturing Corp.; and the Paragon Electric Company; Bethlehem Pacific Coast Steel Corporation, Shipbuilding Division, San Pedro Yard, Terminal Island, California; Foster Design Agency for Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, California; Norfolk Naval Shipyard; United States Coastguard; and the United States Navy. The collection is open for use.
    Boxes 1-7 are Reference Plans that show arrangement and details of, as well as Bills of Materials for, various parts and fittings of these cargo ships. There are also lists, diagrams, plans, tables and notes. These include arrangements and details of Throttle Valve Support and Operating Gear, Westinghouse Turbines, Drains, Safety Valves, Easing Gear, Moorings, Shafting, Bilge systems, Tanks, Heating Coils, Steam Pipes, Valves and Flanges, Steam Fittings, Ballast Flow, Firemains and Sprinkling Systems, Ammunition Handling and Stowage, Gun Control Systems, Voice Tubes and the S.P. Battle Telephone System. There are bills of material for Electrical, Sound and Radio Systems, Sounding Tubes and Air Escapes, the Steam Smothering System and Plumbing Drains; lists of Lighting Circuits, Power and Control Cables, Spare Parts, Gauges, Machinery and Alterations; diagrams of Degaussing systems; Docking Plans; Conversion Tables; and General Notes.
    Box 8 includes blueprints and miscellaneous materials from Victory ships and other USMC vessels. Box 9 includes some blueprints related to USMC vessels but also has an assortment of miscellaneous documents related to maritime history. The Container List for each box is listed below.

    Box 8 Container List:

    • Bow Wrapper Plate " Bearding Line and Sight Edges of Sketch Plates A-1 and A-1A, undated
    • Tanks Tables " Fuel Oil Settling Tank, Port and Starboard, Undated
    • Instructions for Halide Leak Detector Outfit, undated
    • Assembly Instructions for CR HC Model C Room Fan Coil Unit, 1966 (2 copies)
    • Freon Piping Arrangement in Messing Spaces, Victory Class, Pacific Ship Repair (Diazotype), 1967
    • V1663-S29-1-4 Tank Tables, General Notes, undated (photocopy, partially illegible)
    • Controller Wiring Diagram, Right Hand Winch Assembly, Designed by Westinghouse, 1944
    • T V. Battery Charging Panel, Built for the United States Maritime Commission by Pelham Electrical Manufacturing Corp. (Blueprint), Circa 1943-1944
    • Booklet of Tables and Measurements [possibly for a Victory ship], pages 11-104, (Blueprint), undated.
    • Calibration Chart, Radio Direction Finder, SS NAVAJO VICTORY, 1944
    • Prints Issued, Plan No. V-1663-S29-1-4 [for Victory ship], 1944 (torn, stained)
    • Installations " Mivec Drawing No. WO-1905-6-6-52, SS NAVAJO VICTORY, 1952 June 5
    • Booklet of Hold Loft Offsets, Lines Offsets on Frames " ECS-S-AP1 Cargo Vessels, California Shipbuilding Corporation, 1943, June 20
    • Marine Boiler Water Sample Cooler " Dimensional Details and Material List (Diazotypes), 1943 (2 drawings, one stained with what looks like mud)
    • #6 Steering Column Assembly for USMC type VC-2-5-AP5 Vessels (Diazotype), 1943, 1951
    • Booklet of Tank Tables, Double Bottom Tanks, V-1663-S29-1-4 [for Victory ship] (Blueprint), Circa 1944 (torn, folded stained)
    • Longitudinal Assembly Drawings, by Westinghouse Electric (Blueprint), 1943
    • Booklet of General Plans, ARV(E) 3-4 (Blueprint), undated
    • Booklet of General Plans, AO-142, Prepared by Bethlehem Pacific Coast Steel Corporation, Shipbuilding Division, San Pedro Yard, Terminal Island, California (Blueprint), 1951
    • Booklet of General Plans, Scheme "F" (LSM (R) 501-536) Modified Bow (Diazotype), undated
    • Booklet of General Plans, LSM (R) 536, Prepared by Foster Design Agency for Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, California (Diazotype), 1955
    • United States Coast Guard, Stability Test Data " USAT HOPE (Photocopy), 1976
    • Booklet of General Plans, T-AO-142 " USNS SHAWNEE TRAIL, Prepared by Bethlehem Pacific Coast Steel Corporation, Shipbuilding Division, San Pedro Yard, Terminal Island, California (Blueprint), 1953
    • LSM(R)501 CLASS DOCKING PLAN, Norfolk Naval Shipyard (Blueprint), 1948

    Box 9 Container List:

    • Booklet of General Plans, Prepared by Foster Design Agency, Terminal Island, California for the Long Beach Naval Shipyard in Longbeach, California, 1953 February 4, Diazotype.
    • Charts, Tables and Diagrams for T2 "SE " AD Tanker, undated
    • Damage Control Diagrams Prepared by Norfolk Naval Shipyard for the Bureau of Ships, 1955 July
    • Booklet of General Plans for the USNS MISSION SAN LUIS OBISPO, Department of the Navy, Military Sea Transportation Service, Technical Section, 1954
    • Capacity Plan from the S.S. JULESBURG, 1954 May 12
    • "Old Ironsides: The Glorious Career of the U.S.S. Constitution," by Dorothy E. Richard
    • Engineers Signal & Alarm Panel, Drawing No. A-237 Revision #2, Built for U.S. Maritime Commission by Paragon Electric Co., 1943
    • Diagrams of B.U. Ships No. LST 1122-S0103-1213719, Undated (very fragile)
    • LSD 16 Damage Control Diagram, 2 Subdivision Main Deck and Below, Prepared by Long Beach Naval Shipyard for Bureau of Ships, 1959, 1968, 1975
    • Surveyor: Quarterly Publication of the American Bureau of Shipping, 1973 February
    • Dimensions of International Code Flags and Pennants, 1933
    • Specification of Lumber for Rock Barge, undated (this is torn at the folds)
    • News Clipping, "Romance of Hardwood," 1926
    • Piece of paper that says "McNairn's Interviews," undated
    • Photocopies of [Excerpts from] a Conversation with Fred Klebingat, 1965
    • Notes for Preparation of Inclining Experiments, Norfolk Navy Yard, and a Memo Regarding that data for the USS CHLORIS, 1955
    • "Sixty Years at Sea," by Captain John K. Bray, undated (2 copies)
    • Correspondence from Moulton H. Farnham of Boating magazine to Karl Kortum Regarding an issue featuring the BALCLUTHA and the San Francisco Maritime Museum, 1971
    • Outboard Profile, Bureau Ships Hull No. ARVE(E)3, undated.
    • News Clipping of the "Maritime Day 'Queens'" at Maritime Museum, undated
    • Sketch of an elevator (with a note) from Hendry & Blue, Mechanical Engineers, 1907 (the sketch is on tissue-thin paper, is very wrinkled)
    • BL-19868, "Vessel Spare Parts List 'B,' Contract No. NOrd L/I 5557, (marked confidential), Radar Equipment (Bell telephone Laboratories), undated
    • News Clipping of articles about Captains Charles Porta and R.M. Olsen and the vessels the MOKIHANA and the HENRY KNOX)
    • Pamphlet about Whaling by Conlan Creative Lithographers, 1968

    Collection Arrangement

    Original order was maintained.

    Related Materials

    The San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park has numerous collections related to Victory ships. A few of these are listed below, but researchers will find more if they search the Park's web catalog.
    NAVAJO VICTORY Logbooks, 1967-1968, SAFR 18647, HDC0566 AP2 and AP3 plans, engineering specifications and outfitting drawings, circa 1944, HDC1306
    Lidgerwood Manufacturing Company instructions booklet, 1944, for Victory ship electro-hydraulic steering gear, SAFR 7839, HDC0673
    SS FORDHAM VICTORY test records, 1945, SAFR 7840, HDC0674
    U.S. Maritime Service Training School papers, 1944-1981, SAFR 8136, HDC0730
    John Kinney-Ed Parker papers, 1943-1944, SAFR 14672, HDC1095, papers related to fitting Liberty and Victory ships at Kaiser Shipyard #2
    Dolores H. Burns photo collection, 1943-1945, SAFR 17652, P88-011, group portrait at Kaiser Shipyard #2
    • This material is located at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Naval engineering
    Shipbuilding--military aspects--United States
    World War, 1939-1945--naval operations
    Architectural drawings--Marine
    Blueprints
    Diazotypes
    shipfitting