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Finding Aid to the Princess Sophia (Built 1912; Passenger Vessel) Postcards, 1918
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  • Summary

    Title: Princess Sophia (built 1912; passenger vessel) postcards,
    Date: 1918
    Collection No: P05-031
    Creator: Lind, H. C.

    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 photo postcards, depicting the steamer PRINCESS SOPHIA on Vanderbilt Rock.
    Physical Location: Historic Documents Department
    Language: In English.

    Indexing Terms

    The following are indexing terms related to the description of this collection.
    Princess Sophia (built 1912; passenger vessel)

    Princess Sophia (Steamboat)


    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]. Princess Sophia (built 1912; passenger vessel) postcards, P05-031. [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 20723.

    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 20723 at http://www.museum.nps.gov/safr/page.htm. Do not include the acronym "SAFR" in the search.

    Administrative Information


    Historical Note

    PRINCESS SOPHIA was a steamship owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway. She was built in 1912 by Bow, McLachlan & Co. at Paisley, Scotland. On October 23, 1918 she was caught in a storm and ran aground on Vanderbilt Reef, midway between Skagway and Juneau. The reef was yards away from the shore, but efforts to rescue the passengers and crew were unsuccessful. On October 25, a second storm swept her off the reef, and she sunk. All 75 crew and 268 passengers were lost.

    Custodial History

    The collection was donated to the San Francisco Maritime Museum by H. C. Lind on October 18, 1954. 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 photo postcards, depicting the steamer PRINCESS SOPHIA on Vanderbilt Rock.
    Captions on the cards are: "PRINCESS SOPHIA on Vanderbilt Reef" and "PRINCESS SOPHIA ten hours after striking Vanderbilt Reef, October 24, 1918."


    No arrangement.