Friday, December 21, 2012


Novels and Stories: The Call of the Wild, White Fang, The Sea Wolf, Klondike and Other Stories. / by Jack London. Published by The Library of America, 1982.

Dialog in novels and short stories reveal a character's persona more than any other technique of writing. And yet it’s the description of a person or place that really sets the stage for a story and provides credible background that cultivates the reader's imagination. In both methods Jack London excelled because he really was captivated by human struggle and dignity. Out of these two compelling conditions he created stories about sailors, the Gold Rush in Alaska, factory workers, and many more. People whose social circumstance or biological inheritance fascinated him and so became the focus of his writings. He was of course deeply fascinated by the romantic, yet his works pay tribute to the grit of life.

Novels and Social Writings: The People of the Abyss/ the Road/ The Iron Heel/ Martin Eden/ John Barleycorn. / by Jack London. Published by The Library of America, 1982.

A powerfully-engaged man, London got involved and traveled to Asia as a war correspondent in the Russo-Japanese War, photographing people and conditions there. He also appeared in England where he posed homeless along London’s quays so he could study the struggles of poverty and wrote "The People of the Abyss", an acknowledged and socially-charged statement of the times (early 1900). About ten years later he designed a yacht and with his wife set sail on his personal travels to Pacific island destinations.

The Los Angeles Maritime Museum Books in the Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library are available for borrowing by Museum members. See books in collection in our online catalog.

Museum volunteer: At the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, volunteers answer questions at the front desk, give museum tours, operate the tug ANGELS GATE, use the Morse code, build ship models, and staff The Sea Chest, the museum’s gift shop. Visit the web page for more information.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Aloha, Jack London

Stories of Hawaii. / by Jack London. Compiled by A. Grove Day. Published by Mutual Publishing Company, 2007.

Originally published in various forms, as "House of Pride and Other Tales", 1914, and "On the Makaloa Mat", 1919, this compilation was published in 1986 with subsequent printings until 2007. The editor is A. Grove Day, a professor at the University of Hawaii whose love of the literature about Hawaii is evident in his introduction to the book.

The 15 stories describe the lives of Hawaiians in the time before statehood, the times between the first King Kamehameha and 1898 when Hawaii was still a kingdom of clans ruled by chiefs or kings and queens.

A. Grove Day says in the introduction to "Stories of Hawaii" that London had a habit of “turning out 1000 words per day of printable manuscript”---that occurred before 1916, when there was no MSWord, no spell-check, no control “f”, and no cutting and pasting! For at least two pages of text we can print-out today, his work was created daily on the voyages he and Charmian (his wife and companion) made in the South Pacific. So not only did the lifestyle, the environment and the people make an impression on him, despite the fact that he was always involved in new jobs, he managed to digest and synthesize his experience for readers who were not as fortunate as he in venturing forth into the lesser-known half of the world.

The Library is currently building a small collection of Jack London's works.

Short stories on a web site you can read are here.

See also an article on Jack London on

Monday, December 3, 2012

Foreign Traveller in Drake's Galley

At Drake's Command: The Adventures of Peregrine James During the Second Navigation of the World. / David Wesley Hill. Published by Temurlone Press, November 2012. ISBN 978-0983611721.

The Grumpy Old Bookman’s prediction is that the author stands next in the line up of well-regarded maritime storytellers. Accordingly, Hill is in good company with C.S. Forester and Patrick O’Brien---much loved among those whose passion for historical fiction evokes their own earlier days on the seas, or perhaps the romance of danger and daring that this kind of tale elicits. Our story, At Drake's Command: The Adventures of Peregrine James During the Second Navigation of the World, begins in late Elizabethan England in 1577, when European nations sought wealth by claiming foreign lands and ports, thus securing ownership of coveted resources they had discovered around the world. At the time England’s only measurable rivals were Spain and Portugal. Queen Elizabeth authorized Captain Francis Drake to guarantee her sovereign power by circumnavigating the world and obtaining for England the wealth and power of her rivals.

David Wesley Hill is an accomplished author whose newest book relates the adventures of Francis Drake and crew on the Pelican (an earlier version of the Golden Hind) on a voyage around the globe to find treasure and the route through the Straits of Anian, outdoing efforts of the Spanish and Portuguese to maintain control of foreign coastlines.

Piracy was common, as was escape from a near-death experience; surprise and capture was often the only means of survival at sea. A captain, by unscrupulous manipulation of his crew, used the tools of his trade well. He had already calculated his risk by selecting sailors who exhibited personal courage prior to the voyage. So the captain was confident his crew had the guts to meet extreme danger with nerve and bravery, although none of them were as acquainted with that edge in their character as the captain. And the ideal captain maintained a wary outlook: he was in constant vigil for behavior that might reveal plans for mutiny. As fate would have it, this knowledge often led to expelling a sailor mid-voyage from the ship. So intimate was the trust expected between captain and sailor, that once betrayed, no amount of reasoning could persuade a reunion.

Peregrine James, Hill’s main character who is boy turned sailor turned sea cook, is an innocent and pure type who accepts Drake as his master. In just three months, Mr. James manages to rise from public disgrace in Plymouth, England, to become one of Drake’s favorites at sea and just as quickly to fall from that privilege into exile. Yet he meets this fate with the least effort, over a moral issue rather than any other. When climbing aloft, sailors handle personal danger with cunning, prayer, or cursing, relying on no one else to prove their valor. In this story Perry James seizes any opportunity to become a hero and keep his own honor in tact, as well as his captain’s.

Known as the seafaring life, the trials of sailors live on as true accounts or sometimes fantastic tales. The truth is hidden in past eras and obscured by the attention paid the famous captain. In these tales of adventure and subsequent personal maturity, the precarious advance from boyhood to manhood always comes into question---will the character escape with his life and prove his worth despite his master who cares not for his safety? And will his master again show appreciation or be relegated to history as a scoundrel who secured an empire for the Queen? Readers await the sequel “Desperate Bankrupts” for part two of the story.

See a partial catalog of books on the heroes and scoundrels of maritime history in the Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library here.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Edward Wilson's Frozen Imagery

Edward Wilson, Diary of the ‘Discovery’ Expedition to the Antarctic 1901-1904, with 47 watercolours by the Author. Published by Humanities Press, New York, 1967.

This diary is complete with illustrations--hand-drawn or watercolored, on-site images by Edward Wilson, an expert, a scientist and explorer who accompanied Scott on the ship 'Discovery' to the South Polar region. These were made prior to photographers recording the scenes, but as you can imagine, bring much more atmosphere and character to a scene than could a photograph which records only light.

"The Discovery in winterquarters, 1903" is a view into the frozen environment at the South Pole, circa 1900. This illustration and many like it describe a world blinded to color and heat of any kind.

"Auraural bands above Observation Hill". It has the feeling of joy and amazement at experiencing the auroral glow. Not sure why spelling is different from aurora.

Find more books on adventures and discoveries at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum Library. View our web pages. or our online version book catalog here.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thorobred and Water and Power

This photograph describes the pride of the fishermen and their catch: “45’ THOROBRED, a Garbutt & Walsh built sloop, dressed for sword-fishing at a dock on Terminal Island, California”. Photograph was taken after 1928.

LA as Subject’s (LAAS hereafter) 7th Annual Bazaar was held Saturday October 27, 2012 at University of Southern California’s Doheny Library. Before climbing to the second floor space for the Bazaar, visitors looked at a themed exhibit that captured in many views the unfolding drama of water as an element and its use as a utility in the development of the city.

The exhibit was solicited from LAAS member photographic collections that represented the theme “water and power”. Above is shown the Los Angeles Maritime Museum’s submission revealing the theme as recreation and enterprise in this image from the Garbutt and Walsh Collection.

Los Angeles and Southern California history and collections in blogs can be found here. Scroll down a ways to see Blogs, after the Twitter listings, which appear first.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

At Home in a Frozen World

After the glimpse of exploration at the South Pole, conducted by Robert Falcon Scott in this post, here's another sighting of cold regions, bringing us to the North Pole with Fridtjof Nansen.
Author, explorer and scientist, Fridtjof Nansen

Another two-volume set of books generously donated to the Museum, Nansen’s journals were published in 1897, just a year after the completion of a journey with 12 crew members aboard the FRAM, a ship built especially to resist the crush of ice floes and icebergs. Volumes 1 and 2 are entitled: “Farthest North The Voyage and Exploration of the ‘Fram’ 1893-1896 and the Fifteen Months’ Sledge Expedition”.

The set of books donated are full of illustrations, and many are photographic. However, Nansen’s own illustrations and his colored drawings appear as well. The image above is a drawing of a sledging expedition. His talent for rendering the cold landscape might have grown from earlier biological studies (see article in Wikipedia relating the man and his life).

sledging expedition: is similar to sleighing... and refers to travel, rather than recreation, on a conveyance described in the Oxford Dictionary of the English Language, 1996, as "1. a carriage mounted on runners instead of wheels and used for traveling over snow or ice, a sleigh." The Dictionary says that the word may have originated in the coastal areas of Northern Europe, specifically the Netherlands and Germany.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Heroic Age of Antartica

Did you know that… almost one hundred years ago…

… the discoveries made for the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration were kept in a journal by the leader of the expedition, Captain Robert Fallon Scott, along with the scientific journals by E.A. Wilson, both of whom died of the conditions and exposure in 1912?

"The ramparts of Mount Erebus", a photograph, faces the chapter "The Ascent of Erebus, December 1912". Mount Erebus is a volcano on Ross Island in Antarctica.

This week the Library received a donation of two books about the earth’s poles, north and south, and the people involved in expeditions in the early years of the 1900s. The first, Scott’s Last Expedition in Two Volumes, gives the journals of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, and the reports of E.A. Wilson, a scientist while at work on the ice of Antarctica.

"E.W. Nelson with the Nansen_Petersen Insulated Water Bottle", a photograph, faces the chapter, "Marine Biology--Winter Quarters, 1911-1913".

Before reading the volumes, which are some 500 and 600 pages long, you could visit the Google Project site to get an idea of what life might have been like for the expeditions. The site shows two places in Antarctica, where two small museums are dedicated to exploration of the vast iced continent. Shackleton’s Hut and Scott’s Hut are the two known remaining structures. They are 100-year-old, pre-fabricated wooden buildings in the process of being restored as monuments to the explorers. Pictures show the interiors of the wood frame structures. You can see 360 degrees around the hut which is all but submerged in snow drifts.

The site was put together by the Google Cultural Institute, Getty Images and World Monuments Fund.

For better pictures and close-up detail for those interested in defining exactly what items were kept on the shelves of the hut, see the BBC’s site:

Friday, October 12, 2012

Transmitting Our Story, Print by Print

Season’s greetings often carried their art. People recognized their tremendous contribution to American culture. They transmitted images of everyday life before electronic communication, even railroads. They were 19th century businessmen with a vision: they were Currier & Ives, printmakers.

Currier & Ives, Printmakers to the American People, by Harry T. Peters. Doubleday Doran and Company, Inc., 1942

Harry Peters’s details about the firm and its artists provided the expected historical facts, but also imparted a sentimental tone, published as it was in the early 1940s. Peters capitalized on the then surge of interest in a long-ago America when the country was a great deal less complicated and its people far more innocent than they had become by the middle of the next century.

In the introductory chapter, Peters writes: “In 1834, when Nathaniel Currier formed his first partnership, Andrew Jackson was President, the South was a slaveholding oligarchy, Texas still belonged to Mexico, the Great West was a wilderness, and the industrial revolution had yet to penetrate what was still an agricultural nation. In 1888, when Currier died, he left a country spanned from coast to coast by railroads…"

Another book on the prints of Currier & Ives features maritime subjects exclusively. It’s written by Felix Riesenberg who is these days viewed as a maritime historian with literary flair. The writer himself contributes much to maritime lore as each entry in the catalog of images is rich with detail about the ships.

Illustration of The MISSISSIPPI, a paddle-wheel steamboat: “The MISSISSIPPI in a typhoon”, as seen in Currier & Ives Prints No. 4 by Felix Riesenberg London: The Studio Publications Limited and New York: The Studio Publications, Inc., 1933.

The dots and splotches on this image represent foxing, a term that refers to substances in the printing ink that break down over time and migrate as rust-colored discoloration. Since this book is almost 80 years old, the deterioration is typical for early to mid-twentieth century paper, and also for much older books. The surface of the prints, all on coated stock and pasted onto each page, are not subject to decay because coated paper has been treated to have a hard surface. In the case of this book, text is printed on pages that back the illustrations, thus the splotching “walks” all over the text pages as well as the illustrations.

First of the prints offered in this slim volume, this one sets precedent for scenes of action or destruction on rivers and seas. In this scene, the steam frigate MISSISSIPPI barely acknowledges gigantic waves though they enfold the vessel in their fury, and plows through on a mission to a port in Japan. According to the author, the ship is illustrated with remarkable accuracy regarding fittings and structures. Storms notwithstanding, the ship circumnavigated the globe two times, having served as flagship for Commodore Matthew C. Perry for his travel to Japan, in the Mexican War; later the frigate served in the Civil War, and gallantly sank under fire in the river which was her namesake.

These illustrations informed the public at a time when photography had been invented but generally was not available for action shots such as this heady image relates. As the following 24 images attest, early steam-propelled vessels encountered major challenges, such as fire. Illustrations portrayed the moment of conflagration as realistically as could be imagined. And fire, however ruinous in the end, did not obliterate the view of a ship as it was portrayed faithfully, historically correct in every detail. Sort of like a well-directed movie, the life of a vessel is concatenated to one instance, one portrait, with all of its back-story that can be read again and again while appreciating in value.

Image of print, "The Fireman", from Currier & Ives, Printmakers to the American People.

See another commentary, Behind the Scenes the Artists who worked for Currier & Ives.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Illustrating a War

The Illustrated History of the Russo-Japanese War by J.N. Westwood. Published by Sidgwick & Jackson, London. 126 pages, illustrated.

The Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905

Between 1904 and 1905, Japan and Russia fought for the ownership of a port on the Pacific that would represent strategic authority in the region. By the time Japan had established their defeat of Russian forces, the supporting web and entanglement of European and Asian powers had engendered a complex political situation. It was the first modern war to bring powers from opposite sides of the world to the battlefield.

From the end of this war and into the future, Japan became a world player, a political rival to the already known big powers. Every image of the year-long war in “The Illustrated History of the Russo-Japanese War” by J.N. Westwood shows personal expression in the face of terrible battles, or sometimes at rest, between the horrors of killing for might. The photographic record includes images shot close to the action, representing the soldiers’ and sailors’ faces, dress, and activity in a super-realistic manner. Alongside are numerous artists’ impressions in the form of paintings, creating an interesting mix of photographs, original and from newspapers, etc., and illustrations. Cartoons were created to deconstruct events and present them to audiences in Europe and the U.S. Of course, Japan had no shortage of opinion on this war, as you can see in the cartoon below.

The story of the war is told in short chapters, “The Causes”, “The Adversaries”, “The First Blows”, etc. and gives only significant details. An interesting book for its format and illustrations, it was published in 1973, almost 70 years after the war and its eventual peace agreement. There are no acknowledgements, index or notes.

See this and other accessioned books on Japanese warships in the Los Angeles Maritime Museum Library online at

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Romance on the Open Sea

Queens of the oceans, steamship liners held passengers in excited anticipation as the cross-Pacific trip conveyed them from the Port of Los Angeles to Alohaland, a favorite destination in the 1920s and 1930s. The history of the Los Angeles Steamship Company is told in this book:
From Hollywood to Honolulu The Story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company by Gordon Ghareeb and Martin Cox. Published by The Steamship Historical Society of America, 2009.

A Charlie Chan movie, The Black Camel, was staged on Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach after the crew and stars were transported there on the City of Los Angeles, a LASSCO (Los Angeles Steamship Company) liner featured in the book From Hollywood to Honolulu by Gordon Ghareeb and Martin Cox.

In Ghareeb’s and Cox’s investigation into the now long-ago but famous era of the steamship liners, there are descriptions of 15 feature films produced between 1922 and 1933 with LASSCO ships as playhouse or transportation. Films of exotic places had a most significant contribution to the romance of travel and greatly increased its popularity.

Two LASSCO ships were built in Germany and became American property after being seized in the Great War, The City of Los Angeles and The City of Honolulu. Other ships of the line included refurbished World War I cargo ships and the night boats known as Harvard and Yale, plying West Coast ports from San Diego to San Francisco.

Read directly from parts of the book in a series online at

Friday, August 24, 2012

Tuna on Your Plate

American Tuna: the Rise and Fall of an Improbable Food. Andrew F. Smith. Published by University of California Press, 2012

In 1903 when canned tuna was a new food, it already had continued favor with recent immigrants, people from Italy and the Mediterranean region, and Asia, notably the Japanese. Part of the lag in American mainstream popularity was that canned tuna was virtually unknown, it wasn’t a staple like canned meat, and it required canning research to make it palatable and good-looking for consumers.

So while the future of the fish was then uncertain, apparently tuna had a toehold of popularity in the early 20th century due to sport fishers’ fascination with the game of reeling in a large fish. Pictures of men and women of the early 20th century and their stories of big and bigger catches were printed in coastal city newspapers for readers to admire and tuna fishing became celebrated nationally, increasing the possibility that tuna fish was desirable food. And later when the fledgling canning industry was struggling, marketing and merchandizing became more sophisticated with the challenge of canned tuna. Food writers contributed columns on the varieties of delicious tuna dishes, and the idea of providing recipes to buyers took hold and gave the promotion of canned tuna a real boost.

Tuna and saltwater fish in general have a very tenuous position as a staple item on our plates, at our tables. Fish as a commodity was politically traded to encourage other goods deemed more valuable. Beginning after World War II, a great many events contributed to the decline in the American tuna canning industry: tuna was destined to become an imported, not American-produced, food. As any fish coming from ocean waters outside of the legal range of our fishermen, tuna was regulated by international fisheries agreements, which shut out the American canning industry beginning in the 1960s.

If you want an exact account of tuna’s rise and fall as an American food, read Andrew Smith’s fact-filled and thoroughly researched book. He presents an introduction in minute detail of the many aspects, both cultural and political, of tuna history. The book consists of two parts, The Rise and The Fall, with appendix, notes, bibliography and index. The appendix’s “Historical Tuna Recipes” starts with Baked Tuna Spanish, a chowder, an omlette, and a soufflĂ©, among the typical tuna fish favorites as we know them. To know the whole story beyond our individual taste and cultural traditions, he’s provided a fascinating look at the way we value a food, the way we participate in the industrialization and marketing of a food that is prepared for us. Andrew Smith, thank you for your testimonial to tuna, a staple food of the American diet, by which we became healthy eating, and enjoyed for most of the last century.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Spotter Planes

Did you know that the military has permitted beards at different points in history? This photograph of bearded crew members aboard the U.S. S. AMSTERDAM hangs in the I. Roy Coats Brass Room, the meeting room at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. It’s got a hidden spot on a corner wall, and likely portrays a treasured memory to those sailors pictured. The plane behind them is called a spotter plane used to scout conditions and enemy ships prior to the use of radar for that purpose. U.S. S. AMSTERDAM was a light cruiser carrying 4 planes in a hanger on board, but below the main deck. When going airborne, the planes would be launched by catapult, and when returning would land on the water next to the ship, then would be hoisted aboard on a crane that lifted them to the quarterdeck. The ship served in the Pacific 3rd Fleet in strikes against Japan, and was scrapped in 1972.

Crew of the U.S.S. AMSTERDAM CL101 circa 1944. This photograph is in the Collection of the Museum’s I.Roy Coats Brass Room.

Books in the Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library are available for borrowing by Museum members. See the book borrowing collection in our online catalog.

Museum volunteer: At the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, volunteers answer questions at the front desk, give museum tours, operate the tug ANGELS GATE, use the Morse code, build ship models, and staff The Sea Chest, the museum’s gift shop. Visit the web page for more information.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Place for the People's History

A People’s Guide to Los Angeles by Laura Pulido, Laura Barraclough, and Wendy Cheng. Published by University of California Press, 2012.

Of all the guidebooks you could pick up for insightful entries on what to see and where to go in Los Angeles, A People’s Guide to Los Angeles provides for your thirst to understand the people’s struggles as its citizens. Its historical information notwithstanding, this guidebook is happily light on dates and so emphasizes the meaningful aspects, the people's history reasons for visiting or learning about a place.

A regional map is the front illustration for every one of the book’s 7 sections, clearly identifying locations in the larger context of Greater Los Angeles. You can easily see, for example, that the Port of Los Angeles Liberty Hill Plaza, Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, and the Former Japanese Community (on Terminal Island) are within minutes of each other and very close to the 110 Freeway. Sites in this area are associated with such divers twentieth century struggles as racial discrimination, labor union strikes, endangered species repopulation, recognition for ethnicity, and historical military bases, to name a few. At the end of each entry mention is made of sites and restaurants you could visit close by. So after the discussion of labor strikes so important to the Port of Los Angeles and Liberty Hill Plaza, the Harry Bridges Institute and the Los Angeles Maritime Museum are listed. As well in this section you’ll find The Drum Barracks Civil War Museum and the San Pedro Bay Historical Archives, all with addresses and phone numbers and web site urls where applicable.

If you drive south on Harbor Boulevard, right to the coast, you'll arrive at White Point Preserve and Education Center, one of the southern-most sites on the regional map for The Harbor and South Bay. Not only is the area of interest for its two-level feature, both high above the Bay and at tide level, but it also has a peoples' history. A lower stretch of rocky coastline includes Royal Palms County Beach, which used to host Japanese fishing and fish-processing in the early 20th century and later a resort with hotel and spa. Then during World War II there were U.S. military operations in the area. Now a Superfund site for reduction of hazardous waste, the Preserve serves as a nature educational site and museum. See the web site for the Preserve for more information. Notes after the entry for White Point mention the Cabrillo Beach and Marine Aquarium and Point Fermin Lighthouse—sites available within minutes’ drive of the Preserve.

Friday, July 6, 2012

On the Meaning of a Name

California Place Names : The origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names. By Erwin G. Gudde, revised and expanded by William Bright. Published by the University of California Press, 1998, c1949.

A fortieth anniversary edition of a book is a curiosity, especially if you compare the notion of age with the new book in your hands: this book’s publish date was fourteen years ago! I believe these days if you were looking for the meaning of a place name in California (or any other state for that matter), you would type such a name into Google, and the rest is easy, although maybe not complete. The treasure inside the covers of this book is related to the state’s exotic origins, its multiple cultures and the meanings of place names encountered by residents, tourists and etymologists—the people who study the origin and evolution of words. How could you get all that from one page on the Internet? This book is organized like a dictionary, with place names listed in alphabetical order. So if you open to the first page of the names’ explanations, the second entry is Abalone, an interesting fact in itself. We usually think of the name abalone referring to a kind of sea creature in a shell, eaten by enthusiasts of shellfish. If you live in this state you may or may not know where many places are located and what they are named---who lives near Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, near Rancho Palos Verdes, California would be proud of the history of shellfishing in their area. In this entry for Abalone, we learn that the word originated in the Rumsen (Native American) language, and developed from "awlun" to "abalone" in various groups from Native American to Spanish to English. To get an idea of the changes the state has gone through since 1542, see the tiny pamphlet in the Library titled California Under Twelve Flags by Phil Townsend Hanna and published by the Automobile Club of Southern California in 1969.

The Los Angeles Maritime Museum Books in the Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library are available for borrowing by Museum members. See books in collection in our online catalog.

Museum volunteer: At the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, volunteers answer questions at the front desk, give museum tours, operate the tug ANGELS GATE, use the Morse code, build ship models, and staff The Sea Chest, the museum’s gift shop. Visit the web page for more information.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Battleship History in the News

With the forthcoming public opening, the U.S.S. IOWA is now a new museum ship but was formerly the lead ship of the IOWA class battleships. Histories of the United States Navy ships now have cult status---an effect that the events, the media, the general fever around the stories of the IOWA and other Navy ships have generated. In this image, a fleet support auxiliary general, the U.S.S. TULURAN AG-46, steams underway. The ship, in the Navy’s auxiliary between 1942 and 1946, was originally built in 1917 as a cargo ship, the ANNA SHAFER. As an auxiliary general, the ship carried equipment and supplies for the Pacific Fleet Service Force. This photograph hangs in the Museum's I. Roy Coats Brass Room, among photographs, brass plaques, posters and name plates of World War II battleships.

The Los Angeles Maritime Museum Books in the Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library are available for borrowing by Museum members. See books in collection in our online catalog.

At the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, volunteers answer questions at the front desk, give museum tours, operate the tug ANGELS GATE, use the Morse code, build ship models, and staff The Sea Chest, the museum’s gift shop. Visit the web page for more information.