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A guide to the Captain John T. Torrance personal photographs, 1901-1973
P09-003 (SAFR 22230)  
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Series 001.  Childhood photographs, 1901-1908

Extent: 4 envelopes

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of 4 black-and-white portait photographic prints of John T. Torrance as a boy.

Arrangement

4 photographic prints in 4 envelopes
Oversized 16x20 shared collections

Item No. 001.  Portrait of John T. Torrance, 9 years of age, 1905

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 25 cm x 41 cm (9.75 x 16.25 inches)

Scope and Content Note

This file contains 1 mounted photographic print of John T. Torrance, three-quarter portrait. On the verso is inscribed, "John T. Torrance, 9 yrs of age, 1905, cadet at Los Angeles Military Academy."
Envelope, 8 in. box

Item No. 002.  Portrait of John T. Torrance, aged 5, 1901

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: contains 1 black-and-white mounted photographic print, 14 cm x 19 cm (5.5 x 7.5 inches)

Scope and Content Note

This file contains 1 photographic print titled, "Portrait of John Torrance, Jr. aged 5 yrs., Oct. 30th, 1901." Photographed by Alisky, San Francisco.
Envelope, 8 in. box

Item No. 003.  Portrait of John T. Torrance, 1901

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white mounted photographic print, 14 cm x 19 cm (5.5 x 7.5 inches)

Scope and Content Note

This file contains 1 photographic print of John T. Torrance, Jr., photographed by Alisky, San Francisco. Undated, but the image was likely taken at the same session as Series 1, item 2.
Envelope, 8 in. box

Item No. 004.  Portrait of John and Mark Torrance, ages 12 and 10, 1901

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 17 cm x 24 cm (6.5 x 9.5 inches)

Scope and Content Note

This file contains 1 photographic print. Inscribed on the verso is "John and Mark Torrance, Los Angeles, 1908. John was 12, Mark 10." Photographed by Central Studio, Los Angeles, CA.
 

Series 002.  Vessels and crews photographic prints and negatives, 1919 and undated

Extent: 11 EA

Scope and Content Note

This series contains loose photographic prints and negatives of vessels that Captain John T. Torrance worked on.

Arrangement

11 photographic prints and negatives in 4 envelopes
Flat box 2

File Unit 001.  Bunker Hill (built 1942; tanker), undated

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 20 cm x 25 cm (8 x 10 inch) black-and-white photographic print on mat

Scope and Content Note

This file contains 1 photographic print on mat of the ship BUNKER HILL underway. Mat is inscribed "Port of Los Angeles" and on the verso of the mat inscribed in pen is "S.S. Bunker Hill. Turbo-Electric Tanker. Capt. John T. Torrance Master."
 

File Unit 002.  James Rolph (built 1884, rerigged 1919; ship, 3m) and crew, 1919

Extent: 2 envelopes (5 physical forms: 1 photographic print and 4 copy negatives).
Physical Description: 1 20 cm x 25 cm (8 x 10 inch) black-and-white photographic print; 4 10 cm x 13 cm (4 x 5 inch) black-and-white acetate copy negatives

Scope and Content Note

This file contains a photographic print (envelope 1) and original copy negative (envelope 2) of JAMES ROLPH with crew lined up on deck; 2 copy negatives (envelope 2) of JAMES ROLPH underway and 1 copy negative of JAMES ROLPH at anchor. The following was handscripted on the original envelope, "Re'd Fri May 1st 1964. Print of original. crew of ship James Rolph anchored SF Bay. May 4th 1919. I am on far left."
 

File Unit 003.  John F. Craig (tug), undated

Extent: 5 EA.
Physical Description: 2 9 cm x 15 cm (3.5 x 6 inch) black-and-white photographic prints

Scope and Content Note

This file contains 5 black-and-white photographic prints of JOHN F. CRAIG beached at low tide, with individuals. From original envelope: "Pictures of tug John F. Craig - getting ready to go from Taft, Ore. - Siletz River to Craig's - Long Beach." 2 of the prints have inscriptions on the verso: "90 ft. diesel tug John F. Craig at low water. Mouth of Siletz River, Taft Ore." and "90 ft. diesel tug John F. Craig high and dry at the mouth of the Siletz River, Taft. Ore. To clean barnacles off hull, before proceeding to Long Beach, John T. Torrance, Captain."
 

Series 003.  Vessels and crews photograph albums, 1917-1973

Extent: 3 photograph albums

Scope and Content Note

This series contains 3 photograph albums of merchant vessels, 2 of which are representative of the career of Captain John T. Torrance. The 3rd album is a compilation of prominent sailing vessels.

Arrangement

3 albums in 2 flat boxes
Flat box 1

File Unit 001.  Arapahoe (built 1884; ship, 3m) photograph album, 1918

Extent: 1 photograph album.
Physical Description: 1 photograph album, 25 cm x 30 cm (10 x 12 inches)

Scope and Content Note

This file contains one photograph album with 10 pages of black-and-white photographic prints of a voyage of the ship ARAPAHOE from San Francisco to Manila and back with captions. Photos include the ship underway and at port in both San Francisco and Manila. Well documented here is life aboard a sailing vessel including men working aloft and on deck. There is a series of photographs that document the rescue of the crew of ETHEL ZANE (built 1890; schooner) that had lost her rigging in a gale S.E. off of Guam. In addition there is a menu from Cliff House, San Francisco and a color photographic print of Fort Point (prior to the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge) looking across the Golden Gate to Fort Baker. Pages are wax stripped for mounting photos in album.
Flat box 1

File Unit 002.  Multiple vessels photograph album, about 1917-1973

Extent: 1 photograph album.
Physical Description: 1 photograph album, 29 cm x 32 cm (11.5 x 12.5 inches)

Scope and Content Note

This file contains one photograph album of multiple vessels including: Slocum (tug), Arapahoe (built 1884; ship 3m), James Rolph (built 1884, rerigged 1919; ship, 3m), Julia Luckenbach (built 1917; steam vessel), and Maui (built 1917; steam vessel). Tucked into this album is an autobiographical essay by Captain John T. Torrance that describes his working association with most of these vessels (1973). Pages are wax stripped for mounting photos in album.
Flat box 2

File Unit 003.  Multiple sailing vessels photograph album, assembled 1953

Extent: 1 photograph album.
Physical Description: 1 photograph album, 30 cm x 37 cm (12 x 14.5 inches)

Scope and Content Note

This file contains 1 photographic album containing copy prints of prominent merchant sailing vessels with captions. Christmas gift to Richard C. Harlan from his aunt, Capt. Torrance's wife, 1953. Album contains 1 photographic print of STAR OF ALASKA rigging captioned "In the Rigging of the Star of Alaska." 85 pp.