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Finding Aid to the Charles J. Thompson Postcards, 1910
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  • Summary

    Title: Charles J. Thompson postcards,
    Date: 1910
    Collection No: P05-036
    Creator: Thompson, Charles J.

    Extent: 2 items.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Calif.)
    Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, California 94123
    Abstract: The collection consists of 2 black-and-white photographic postcards related to shipwrecks and life-saving.
    Physical Location: Historic Documents Department
    Language: In English.

    Indexing Terms

    The following are indexing terms related to the description of this collection.
    Shipwrecks--Columbia River Estuary (Or. and Wash.)--History--Pictorial works

    Lifesaving, 1910-1920

    Photographic postcards

    Information for Researchers

    Access Information

    This collection is open for research.

    Access Information

    Condition Restrictions

    There are no restrictions based on the condition of this material. However, you should be aware that access to collection material is always at the discretion of NPS curatorial staff if the condition warrants restricting the access and handling of the collection items at any time.

    Conditions of Use

    The San Francisco Maritime NHP possesses physical property rights through ownership of the materials. However, copyright may reside with the individual or corporate body responsible for the creation of the materials, or with their heirs. It is the user's responsibility to respect the provisions of the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission to reproduce or publish from this collection must be secured by the user from the copyright holders.
    Preferred Citation
    [Item title or description including date]. Charles J. Thompson postcards, P05-036. [Location within collection organization identified by container number, series number, file unit number, or item number]. Historic Documents Department, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

    Processing/Project Information

    Processing and Cataloging
    Processed by Charles Miller and completed 5/11/2005.
    ANCS+ Catalog No. SAFR 20728.

    The collection is cataloged in the National Park Service (NPS) Automated National Catalog System (ANCS+). A portion of the ANCS+ catalog record can be viewed on the NPS Museum Collections on the Web Catalog by searching on the catalog number 20728 at http://www.museum.nps.gov/safr/page.htm. Do not include the acronym "SAFR" in the search.

    Administrative Information


    Historical Note

    POTRIMPOS, a bark, was built in 1887 in Hamburg by Blohm and Voss, for F. Laeisz. On December 19, 1896, she was stranded on Long Beach at the entrance to the Columbia River and became a total loss. The wreck was sold to Ford & Stokes of Astoria, OR, in May 1897.

    Custodial History

    The collection was donated to the San Francisco Maritime Museum by Charles J. Thompson on December 19, 1952. The materials were accessioned into the National Park Service when the museum was made a unit of Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GOGA-735) and then were transferred to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park after the establishment of the new park in 1989 (SAFR-1).


    Accession number SAFR-00001.

    Administrative Information

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of 2 black-and-white photographic postcards related to shipwrecks and life-saving.
    One postcard is captioned "Potrimpos wrecked, March 19, 1896" (note, the date is wrong). The back of the card states that two men were trapped inside the hull for several days and were finally rescued after the storm. The second is captioned "Canby Life Savers going to a wreck."


    No arrangement.