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A guide to the Captain Adolph Tornquist photograph collection, 1906-1966
P95-037 (SAFR 23846)  
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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: Captain Adolph Tornquist photograph collection
    Date: 1906-1966
    Date (bulk): 1940-1953
    Identifier/Call Number: P95-037 (SAFR 23846)
    Creator: Tornquist, Adolph, Captain
    Physical Description: 24 items.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: The Captain Adolph Tornquist photograph collection, 1906-1966, bulk 1940-1953, (SAFR 23846, P95-037), is comprised mainly of photographs of Adolph Tornquist during his career on Southern Pacific Company ferries in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.
    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 accession paperwork indicated that there were 22 photographic prints in the collection; however, 24 were found at the time of processing.
    Each photographic image has been assigned an Item number; there are often multiple physical forms of each image (e.g. two copies of a print) which has been noted in the description.
    Description Notes: Dates refer to when the original photograph was taken. Some of the photographic prints in this collection may be copies that were made later than when the original photograph was taken.
    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], P95-037 (SAFR 23846), Captain Adolph Tornquist photograph collection, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    SAFR-00988
    The collection was donated by the son of Captain Adolph Tornquist, in November 1995. The collection was originally part of two boxes of clippings and photographs, but only the photographs were accessioned.

    Historical or Biographical Note

    Captain Adolph Tornquist (1884-1968) was a Southern Pacific Company ferry captain in San Francisco Bay, California.
    Adolph Tornquist was born in Sweden on May 4 or 20, 1884. He went to sea when he was 12 and immigrated to the United States in 1903. His career on San Francisco Bay Area ferries began in 1905.
    Tornquist served in various capacities, from deckhand to captain, aboard the ferries ALAMEDA, BAY CITY, BERKELEY, EL PASO, ENCINAL, GARDEN CITY, KLAMATH, MELROSE, NEW ORLEANS, OAKLAND, PIEDMONT, SACRAMENTO, SAN MATEO, SAN PABLO, SANTA CLARA, SAUSALITO, SHASTA, SIERRA NEVADA, THOROUGHFARE, TRANSIT, and YOSEMITE (Dennison). He apparently served on the EUREKA as well. He retired on August 1, 1953, after 48 years and four months of service during which he logged 150,000 bay crossings, or the equivalent of circling the globe 25 times (Dennison). Most, if not all, of his career appears to have been with the Southern Pacific Company.
    Tornquist was a resident of Oakland and Alameda. He married his wife, Ellen, in 1915. They had a daughter, Dorothy, and a son, Adolph Jr. Captain Adolph Tornquist died on February 28, 1968.

    Sources:

    • 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Accessed May 9, 2014.
    • California, Death Index, 1940-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Accessed May 9, 2014.
    • Dennison, Virginia. "Captain 'Circles Globe' 25 Times, but It's All Crossing S.F. Bay on Ferries." Oakland Tribune (Oakland, CA), June 14, 1953.
    • U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Accessed May 9, 2014.

    Collection Scope and Content

    The Captain Adolph Tornquist photograph collection, 1906-1966, bulk 1940-1953, (SAFR 23846, P95-037), is comprised mainly of photographs of Adolph Tornquist during his career on Southern Pacific Company ferries in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.
    Contains photographs of Captain Adolph Tornquist and other crew members who worked on ferries operated by the Southern Pacific Company in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, including BERKELEY (built 1898; ferry), EUREKA (built 1890; paddle ferry), OAKLAND (built 1860; paddle ferry), and SACRAMENTO (built 1877; paddle ferry), 1906-1966, bulk 1940-1953. There are 19 unique photographic images, in 24 physical forms (22 black-and-white photographic prints and 2 color photographic prints).
    Item list: Item 01: Portrait of fourteen OAKLAND (built 1860; paddle ferry) crew members at the mole in Alameda, California, 1906. The men are in two rows: the front row is seated and the back row is standing. Includes the chief engineer, assistant engineer, gate tender, and others. (1) black-and-white photographic print, 5 x 7 in., mounted on a 7 x 9 in. board. "Stmr Oakland at Alameda mole 1906" is handwritten on the verso.
    Item 02: Captain Henry G. Hansen and First Officer Adolph Tornquist of SACRAMENTO (built 1877; paddle ferry), 1921. Portrait of the two men standing, with Tornquist on the left. (2) black-and-white photographic prints (same image), 4 x 5 in. and 5 x 7 in.
    Item 03: Portrait of twelve men from the Steamer Safety Committee with a banner for promoting safety, circa 1921 December 31. The men are in two rows: the front row is seated and the back row is standing. Six men are on each side of a banner that reads, "STEAMER DIVISION / PREMIUM / FOR PROMOTING SAFETY / FOR PERIOD / MAR. 1st 1920 TO DEC. 31st 1921." This image appears in the September 1922 edition of "Southern Pacific Bulletin," Vol. XI, No. 9, Pg. 14, with the caption: "Steamer Safety Committee with banner won by this Division for period of March 1, 1920 to December 31, 1921. Top row: John A. Lewis, Second Officer; Hugh Ellison, Chief Clerk; J. H. Smith, Fireman; R. H. Lobsen, Deckhand; I. R. Pomgren, Captain; J. V. Christie, Clerk. Bottom row: A. Tornquist, First Officer; John Nethercott, Emergency Foreman; J.B. Monahan, Supervisor of Safety; C.F. Heath, Supt. of Steamers; O. Olson, Captain; Michael McNamara, Asst. Chief Engineer." (1) black-and-white photographic print, 5.5 x 8 in.
    Item 04: Charles F. Heath studio portrait, circa 1905-1920. Heath was appointed Southern Pacific Company's Superintendent of Steamers in 1917. (1) black-and-white photographic print, 8 x 10 in. Handwritten on verso in black ink: "To my old collegue [sic] & shipmate Capt Adolph Thornquist [sic] / From Charles F. Heath / Sept 16th, 1954." Handwritten on verso in blue ink: "Superintendent of Ferries."
    Item 05: Captain Adolph Tornquist standing outside the pilot house on board an unidentified ferry, 1940-1953. He is wearing a uniform. (1) black-and-white photographic print, 3.5 x 5.5 in.
    Items 06-09: Captain Adolph Tornquist looking at radar equipment in the pilot house of an unidentified ferry, 1940-1953. Four different views. Tornquist is in uniform. An unidentified man is also in view in Item 06 and a ship officer is in view in Item 07. (5) black-and-white photographic prints, 4 x 5 in. Note that there are two copies of Item 06. Three of the prints (Items 06a, 07, and 09) have "THE LOG / 121 Second Street, San Francisco, 5 / 379 Lexington Avenue, New York, 17" stamped on the verso. The photographs may have appeared in the periodical "The Log," the official monthly publication of the American Society of Marine Engineers; however, this could not be confirmed.
    Item 10: Radar antenna and the stack on an unidentified Southern Pacific Company ferry, 1940-1953. (2) black-and-white photographic prints (same image), 4 x 5 in. One of the prints has "THE LOG / 121 Second Street, San Francisco, 5 / 379 Lexington Avenue, New York, 17" stamped on the verso. The photograph may have appeared in the periodical "The Log," the official monthly publication of the American Society of Marine Engineers; however, this could not be confirmed.
    Items 11: Captain Adolph Tornquist and an unidentified man shaking hands on the deck of EUREKA (built 1890; paddle ferry) with a lifering between them and the San Francisco Ferry Building in the background, 1940-1953. Captain Tornquist is wearing his uniform and the other man, who also appears in Item 12, is wearing a suit. (1) black-and-white photographic print, 8 x 10 in., mounted on cardboard.
    Item 12: Captain Adolph Tornquist and an unidentified man in a pilot house, possibly on EUREKA (built 1890; paddle ferry), with Yerba Buena Island visible in the distance through the window, 1940-1953. Captain Tornquist is wearing his uniform and the other man, who also appears in Item 11, is wearing a suit. (1) black-and-white photographic print, 8 x 10 in., mounted on cardboard.
    Items 13-14: Captain Adolph Tornquist and four unidentified crew members standing on the deck of EUREKA (built 1890; paddle ferry) with SACRAMENTO (built 1877; paddle ferry) in the background, 1940-1953. Two slightly different views of the same scene. Tornquist is second from the right and is shaking hands with one of the men; a EUREKA lifering is leaning against their legs. The men, from left to right, have "2nd Officer," Asst. Chief Engr.," "[1st ?] Asst. Engr.," and "Captain" visible on their hats, with the title obscured on the hat of the man on the far right. The Assistant Chief Engineer and the [1st?] Assistant Engineer are wearing overalls and the other three men are wearing formal uniforms. The same men also appear in Item 15. (2) black-and-white photographic prints, 8 x 10 in. Item 13 is mounted on a piece of cardboard. Item 14 has "Dad - 48 1/2 years Southern Pacific Company" handwritten on the verso.
    Item 15: Captain Adolph Tornquist and fourteen crew members standing on the deck of EUREKA (built 1890; paddle ferry) with SACRAMENTO (built 1877; paddle ferry) in the background, 1940-1953. The men include officers, engineers, and seamen. Captain Tornquist is seventh from the right. Some of the men also appear in Items 13 and 14. (2) black-and-white photographic prints (same image), 8 x 10 in. and 4 x 5 in.
    Item 16: Captain Adolph Tornquist and crew members standing outside the pilot house of BERKELEY (built 1898; ferry), 1940-1953. Nine men are in view. Captain Adolph Tornquist is second from the right. (2) black-and-white photographic prints (same image), 8 x 10 in. One copy is mounted on a piece of cardboard. The print not mounted has "Captain Tornquist & crew" handwritten on the verso.
    Item 17: Captain Adolph Tornquist and crew members standing on deck of an unidentified ferry, 1940-1953. Eleven men are in view, some of whom are wearing hats that identify them as the Deck Attendant, 2nd Officer, Engineer, and seamen. Captain Tornquist is sixth from the right. Three of the men, including the Captain Tornquist, are wearing formal uniforms. (1) black-and-white photographic print, 8 x 10 in., mounted on cardboard. The print is punctured near the center of the top edge.
    Items 18-19: Adolph Tornquist with a painting of ALAMEDA (built 1913; paddle ferry), 1966 October. Tornquist is seated on a blue bench and the painting is behind him. In Item 19, an unidentified man is also seated on the left side of the bench with Tornquist seated on the right. (2) color photographic prints, 5 x 7 in. Handwritten on the verso of Item 18: "This picture was taken in October 1966 and this is Captain A. Tornquist and it was taken in my back yard I painted this Boat Steamer Alameda there were two alike the other one was steamer Santa Clara two fine Boats to Handled so please take a good care of me in my old age. All of the pictures was taken at 1514-36-Ave Oakland, California in my back yard."

    Collection Arrangement

    No arrangement due to the small size of the collection.

    Related Materials

    Researchers should note that there are other books and collections with materials related to San Francisco Bay Area ferries in the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. They can search the Park's web catalog for more information.
    • This material is located at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ferries
    Crew portraits
    Alameda (built 1913; paddle ferry)
    Berkeley (built 1898; ferry)
    Eureka (built 1890; ferry)
    Oakland (built 1860; paddle ferry)
    Sacramento (built 1877; paddle ferry)
    Southern Pacific Company
    San Francisco Bay (Calif.)
    San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    Oakland (Calif.)
    Black-and-white prints (photographs)
    Color prints (photographs)