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Finding Aid to the Emil H. Peterson Postcard Collection, circa 1900-1930
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  • Summary

    Title: Emil H. Peterson postcard collection,
    Date: circa 1900-1930
    Collection No: P05-033
    Creator: Peterson, Emil H.

    Extent: 4 items.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Calif.)
    Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, California 94123
    Abstract: This collection consists of 4 sepia-tinted images depicting sailing vessels.
    Physical Location: Historic Documents Department
    Language: In English.

    Indexing Terms

    The following are indexing terms related to the description of this collection.
    Photography of ships


    Photographic prints

    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]. Emil H. Peterson postcard collection, P05-033. [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 5/10/2005.
    ANCS+ Catalog No. SAFR 20725.

    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 20725 at http://www.museum.nps.gov/safr/page.htm. Do not include the acronym "SAFR" in the search.

    Administrative Information


    Historical Note

    ANTIOPE was built in Port Glasgow, Scotland by John Reid & Co. in 1866. She was acquired by Matson Navigation Company in 1899, and later sold a number of times. She was captured by the Japanese in the Vladivostok blockade during the Russo-Japanese War. She was used as a hulk by Paparoa Coal Co in New Zealand, and dismantled in Wellington where she lay until 1915, when she was again pressed into service. She was a storeship at an African port in 1922.
    DAYLIGHT was built in Port Glasgow in 1902, and converted into a barge in 1924.
    MERSEY was built in Glasgow in 1894 by Charles Connell & Co. In 1908, she was sold to the White Star Line, and registered at Bridgetown, Barbados. She was used as a sailing cadet training ship in the Australian wheat and wool trades. In 1914, she was sold to Transatlantic Motor Ship Co., Kristiania (modern day Oslo), Norway, and renamed TRANSATLANTIC. She was sold several times in 1916-17, and renamed CHRISTIAN RADICH. In 1918, she was re-named yet again, as DVERGSO. She was ultimately sold to British shipbreakers in 1923.
    PACIFIC QUEEN was built in 1886 in Cardiff, Wales as BALCLUTHA. She was bought by Alaska Packers Association in 1904 and re-named STAR OF ALASKA. In 1933, she was purchased by Fred Kissinger, and re-named PACIFIC QUEEN, and exhibited as a "pirate ship". In 1954, she was purchased by the San Francisco Maritime Museum, who restored the vessel and restored her original name.

    Custodial History

    The collection was donated to the San Francisco Maritime Museum by Emil H. Peterson on September 30, 1959. 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

    This collection consists of 4 sepia-tinted images depicting sailing vessels.
    Two are postcards and two are photographic prints. Each of the vessels are identified on the back.


    Items arranged alphabetically by vessel name.

    1. Antiope (built 1866; bark, 3m) postcard

    2. Daylight (built 1902; bark, 4m) photographic print

    3. Mersey (built 1894; full-rigged ship, 3m) photographic print

    4. Pacific Queen (built 1886; full-rigged ship, 3m) painting by Henry Bernahl.