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Finding Aid to the Copy Negatives Of Newspaper Clippings On Steam Schooners And Ship Figurehead, circa 1920-1929
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  • Summary

    Title: Copy negatives of newspaper clippings on steam schooners and ship figurehead,
    Date: circa 1920-1929
    Collection No: P05-009
    Creator: San Francisco Maritime Museum

    Extent: 3 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 copy negatives of newspaper clippings west coast vessels.
    Physical Location: Historic Documents Department
    Language: In English.

    Indexing Terms

    The following are indexing terms related to the description of this collection.
    Wapama (steam schooner)

    Celilo (steam schooner)

    America (built 1874; ship, 3m)

    Photography of ships


    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]. Copy negatives of newspaper clippings on steam schooners and ship figurehead, P05-009. [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 3/15/2005.
    ANCS+ Catalog No. SAFR 20648.

    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 20648 at http://www.museum.nps.gov/safr/page.htm. Do not include the acronym "SAFR" in the search.

    Administrative Information


    Historical Note

    The steam schooner WAPAMA was the last of 235 steam schooners built on the west coast. She was built in 1915 for the coastal lumber trade between Oregon and California. WAPAMA built by the St. Helens Shipbuilding Company at St. Helens, OR, for the McCormack Steamship Company. In the early 1920s, she and her sister ship, the CELILO were sold when the McCormack fleet all went steel. In 1936, the WAPAMA moved to Seattle, the property of the Alaska Transportation Company, and her name was changed to TONGASS. The TONGASS remained operating, carrying mail, freight and passengers between Seattle and Alaska, until 1947. In 1949, she was sold to a Seattle scrap firm, and was docked there for several years. In 1957, the WAPAMA was bought by the state of California and put on display at the San Francisco Maritime Museum. After extensive restoration, she was open to the public in 1963 at the Hyde Street Pier. WAPAMA was placed on a barge in 1980, when she could no longer remain afloat due to her weak structural hull. In 1984, she was named a national historic landmark.
    CELILO was a sister ship to WAPAMA. CELILO ended up as wreckage lying on a deserted island in Suisun Bay, and was burned by vandals on the eve of an expedition to salvage materials.

    Custodial History

    The photographs were acquired by the San Francisco Maritime Museum from an unidentified source prior to Golden Gate National Recreation Area acquisition of the collection and they were transferred to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park under the blanket accession SAFR-00001.


    Accession number SAFR-00001.

    Administrative Information

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of copy negatives of newspaper clippings west coast vessels.
    The images depict a figurehead from America (built 1874; ship, 3m); Wapama (built 1915; steam schooner) and Celilo (built 1913; steam schooner) unloading in an unknown port; and "Big anchor rope of fiber stronger than chains," advertisement.


    No arrangement.