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A guide to the Hanscom photograph collection, circa 1880-1910
P79-064a (SAFR 19542)  
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Boxes 1-3; Nitrate Storage; Shared Oversize Box; Oversize storage Range 8, Bay 4, Drawer 3

Series 1.  Union Iron Works photographs, circa 1880-1910 (bulk 1889-1895)

Extent: 387 EA

Scope and Content Note

There are 342 unique photographic images in 385 physical forms (285 cyanotypes, 28 black-and-white photographic prints, 12 lantern slides, 6 glass plate negatives, 13 nitrate negatives, 16 contact interpositives, 25 copy negatives) and 2 paper documents.

Arrangement

Arranged into five File Units: File Unit 1: Nitrate negatives; File Unit 2: Photograph album; File Unit 3: Vessels at Union Iron Works; File Unit 4: Oregon (built 1893; battleship: U.S. Navy); File Unit 5: Union Iron Works vessels and main engines; File Unit 6: Union Iron Works main engines.
Box 1; Nitrate Storage

File Unit 1.  Nitrate negatives, circa 1880-1910

Extent: 39 EA.
Physical Description: 13 nitrate negatives, 13 contact interpositives, 13 copy negatives

Scope and Content Note

Items 001-013. There are 13 unique photographic images in 39 physical forms (13 nitrate negatives, 13 contact interpositives, 13 copy negatives). The contact interpositives and copy negatives were made by SAFR staff in the 1980s.
These 13 nitrate negatives were originally donated by W.W. Hanscom on March 19, 1957 (see SFMM Accession Ledger, 219/11 through 219/19). These negatives were formally accessioned into P79-064a on April 26, 1979, and were assigned Item numbers 001-013 at this time.
Box 1; Nitrate Storage

Item No. 001.  Battleship docked at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, view off starboard bow, circa 1880-1910

Extent: 1 photograph (3 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 nitrate negative. 1 contact interpositive, 4 x 5 in. 1 copy negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Photograph is very similar to Item 002. Possibly WISCONSIN (built 1898; battleship: U.S. Navy)?
Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/12.
Box 1; Nitrate Storage

Item No. 002.  Battleship docked at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, view off starboard bow, circa 1880-1910

Extent: 1 photograph (3 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 nitrate negative. 1 contact interpositive, 4 x 5 in. 1 copy negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Photograph is very similar to Item 001. Possibly WISCONSIN (built 1898; battleship: U.S. Navy)?
Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/12.
Box 1; Nitrate Storage

Item No. 003.  Three unidentified vessels docked at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, bow and stern views, circa 1880-1910

Extent: 1 photograph (3 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 nitrate negative. 1 contact interpositive, 3.5 x 4.5 in. 1 copy negative, 3.5 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

One of the vessels is possibly PENNSYLVANIA (steamship) third from the left.
Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/12.
Box 1; Nitrate Storage

Item No. 004.  Man standing on board a Union Iron Works vessel, circa 1880-1910

Extent: 1 photograph (3 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 nitrate negative. 1 contact interpositive, 3.5 x 4.5 in. 1 copy negative, 3.5 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Man is wearing a hat (so he is possibly a supervisor of some kind or a foreman) and has his left foot on a wooden block.
Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/12.
Box 1; Nitrate Storage

Item No. 005.  Battleship docked at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, view off starboard bow, circa 1880-1910

Extent: 1 photograph (3 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 nitrate negative. 1 contact interpositive, 4 x 5 in. 1 copy negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/12.
Box 1; Nitrate Storage

Item No. 006.  Wisconsin (built 1898; battleship: U.S. Navy) underway, stern view, circa 1898-1910

Extent: 1 photograph (3 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 nitrate negative. 1 contact interpositive, 4 x 5 in. 1 copy negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Possibly just after delivery in 1901.
Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/11.
Box 1; Nitrate Storage

Item No. 007.  Wisconsin (built 1898; battleship: U.S. Navy) at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, 1899 June

Extent: 1 photograph (3 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 nitrate negative. 1 contact interpositive, 4 x 5 in. 1 copy negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

View of construction progress.
Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/18.
Box 1; Nitrate Storage

Item No. 008.  Paul Jones (built 1902; destroyer: U.S. Navy) under construction at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, 1899 June

Extent: 1 photograph (3 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 nitrate negative. 1 contact interpositive, 4 x 5 in. 1 copy negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Torpedo boat destroyer. Deck under construction. Launched on June 14, 1902.
Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/19.
Box 1; Nitrate Storage

Item No. 009.  Wisconsin (built 1898; battleship: U.S. Navy) at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, with Rockaway (built 1880; tugboat) in the foreground, 1899 June

Extent: 1 photograph (3 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 nitrate negative. 1 contact interpositive, 4 x 5 in. 1 copy negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

View of construction progress. Originally received in March 1957.
See SFMM 219/18.
Box 1; Nitrate Storage

Item No. 010.  Aerial view of Rockaway (built 1880; tugboat) docked at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, 1899 June

Extent: 1 photograph (3 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 nitrate negative. 1 contact interpositive, 4 x 5 in. 1 copy negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/1 through 220/16.
Box 1; Nitrate Storage

Item No. 011.  Wisconsin (built 1898; battleship: U.S. Navy) at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, 1899 June

Extent: 1 photograph (3 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 nitrate negative. 1 contact interpositive, 4 x 5 in. 1 copy negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

View of construction progress.
Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/18.
Box 1; Nitrate Storage

Item No. 012.  McArthur (coastal survey steamer) at dock at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, 1899 June

Extent: 1 photograph (3 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 nitrate negative. 1 contact interpositive, 4 x 5 in. 1 copy negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/17.
Box 1; Nitrate Storage

Item No. 013.  Unidentified 3 masted bark underway, starboard broadside view, circa 1898-1903

Extent: 1 photograph (3 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 nitrate negative. 1 contact interpositive, 4 x 5 in. 1 copy negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Originally received in 1957. See SFMM 219/13.
Boxes 1-2

File Unit 2.  Photograph album, circa 1880-1910

Extent: 309 EA.
Physical Description: 1 photograph album (284 cyanotypes, 14 black-and-white prints, 2 paper documents) and 9 copy negatives

Scope and Content Note

1 photograph album (284 cyanotypes, 14 black-and-white prints, 2 paper documents) and 9 copy negatives of photographs in the album. The images and documents in the album have been assigned Item numbers 014-313. The album is primarily described at the File Unit level, with some Items listed. There are copy negatives for Items: 14 (2 of them); 58; 59; 61; 113; 161 (2 of them); and 186.
The photograph album is an old ledger with the title "MERCANTILE REPORTS" on the spine. It primarily shows Union Iron Works activities, including various vessels under construction, launching, at dock, and under repair. Some of the photographs show men working on the vessels and posing in front of them. There are many photos of OREGON (built 1893; battleship: U.S. Navy) and OLYMPIA (built 1892; cruiser: U.S. Navy), and of stationary engines - hoisting engines, pumping engines, and generating engines.
The album also includes photographs of CHARLESTON (built 1888; cruiser: U.S. Navy), COLUMBIA RIVER NO. 50 (built 1892; lightship), EL PRIMERO (built 1893; steam yacht), FEARLESS (tugboat), MONTEREY (built 1891; monitor: U.S. Navy), OHIO (built 1901; battleship: U.S. Navy), PERU (built 1892; steamship), SAN FRANCISCO (built 1889; cruiser: U.S. Navy), and ZARAGOZA (built 1891; corvette: Mexican Navy) among others (pages 29-209). There are blueline prints and cyanotypes of mechanical drawings of engines on pages 212-217.
An October 26, 1893 launching invitation for OREGON (built 1893; battleship: U.S. Navy) is on page 3 of the album, and a newspaper clipping about Camp Richards on July 4, 1892, is on page 5. There is a photograph of Risdon Iron Works shipyard in May 1901 on page 33.
The album includes photographs of damaged buildings at the Mare Island Navy Yard taken March 31-April 7, 1898, showing the damage from the earthquake of March 31, 1898 (pages 7-25). There are also photographs of MONADNOCK (built 1883; monitor: U.S. Navy) and BRUTUS (built 1894; collier?: U.S. Navy) at Mare Island in April-May 1898, and a general view of the shipyard (pages 26-28).
Additionally, there are photographs of a fruit orchard in San Lorenzo, California; tunnel tree "Wawona" in Yosemite National Park; Mirror Lake in Yosemite National Park, 1892; forests in Placer County, California; Joshua Tree (?); Hotel Del Monte, 1892; and group portraits at El Campo in 1894 (pages 124-129, 146).
On page 200, there is a photograph of eight people inside and in front of a locomotive, with the following caption written underneath: "Hanscom straight air automatic brake. North Western Pacific Railway. Sausalito to Cazadero narrow gauge. John Henderson - my father, loco engr [locomotive engineer] on the runs. Train equipped in Sausalito shop."
Some of the photographs have "Photo # NH" and then a number written underneath them in pencil; this likely refers to the U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph number.
This album was originally donated by W.W. Hanscom and Russel Hanscom on November 20, 1956 (see SFMM Accession Ledger, 211/2 through 212/5). This album was formally accessioned into P79-064a on April 26, 1979. The photographs in the album were assigned Item numbers by SAFR staff in March 2013.
Box 1; Box 2

Item No. 014.  Engraved invitation, launch of Oregon (built 1893; cruiser: U.S. Navy), 1893 October 26

Extent: 1 document (3 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 engraved invitation, 6.75 x 9 in. 2 copy negatives, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Invitation to the launching of the Armored Coast Line Battleship OREGON at Union Iron Works on Thursday October 26, 1893 at 11:46 a.m. The invitation says the vessel will be christened by Daisy Ainsworth (representing the State of Oregon) and Ruth Dolph (representing the Navy), and will be launched by Eugenia Shelby (representing the City of Portland). Print is on page 3 of the photograph album.
Box 2

Item No. 017.  View of the remains of the C. & R. Sawmill on Mare Island, California, 1898 March 31

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 7 x 9.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

View from the northeast showing earthquake damage to the sawmill, which was destroyed. There are 8 men working in the debris, wearing Navy uniforms. Print is on page 7 of the photograph album.
Box 2

Item No. 043.  Siemens halske engine inside a building at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, 1895 December 8

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 6 x 7.25 in. Print is in the shape of an octagon. "20x30x44/30. 2-400 kw. 500 v. Siemens halske engine. United [Rip?]. Dec 8/95. W.R. Eckart" written on the page underneath the print.

Scope and Content Note

Print is on page 35 of the photograph album.
Box 1; Box 2

Item No. 058.  Sea King (tugboat) alongside Olympia (built 1892; cruiser: U.S. Navy) prior to launch, 1892 November 5

Extent: 1 photograph (2 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 6 x 8 in. 1 copy negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

There are many people on board SEA KING, on the dock nearby, on the launching ways scaffolding, and in the background. Photo # NH 75042. Print is on page 50 of the photograph album.
Box 1; Box 2

Item No. 059.  Sea King (tugboat) at dock near Olympia (built 1892; cruiser: U.S. Navy) on launching day, 1892 November 5

Extent: 1 photograph (2 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 6.5 x 8 in. 1 copy negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

There are many people on board SEA KING, on the dock nearby, and in the background. Print is on page 51 of the photograph album.
Box 1; Box 2

Item No. 061.  Olympia (built 1892; cruiser: U.S. Navy) after launching, seen behind Fearless (tugboat), 1892 November 5

Extent: 1 photograph (2 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 6.25 x 7.75 in. 1 copy negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

There are many people on board FEARLESS and on the dock in the foreground. There are other tugboats, launches and rowboats in the background. Print is on page 53 of the photograph album.
Box 2

Item No. 066.  Olympia (built 1892; cruiser: U.S. Navy) in the graving dock at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, bow view, 1892 November

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 7.5 x 9.5 in. "Nov 93" appears to be written on the page below the print. OLYMPIA was launched in November 1892, not 1893.

Scope and Content Note

Print is on page 59 of the photograph album.
Box 1; Box 2

Item No. 113.  Mascot (dog wearing cape and top hat), 1894 July

Extent: 1 photograph (2 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 4.5 x 6.75 in. 1 copy negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

The dog is standing a log or barrel and his cape says "MASCOT". His entire left side is facing the camera. Print is on page 101 of the photograph album.
Box 2

Item No. 158.  Man standing in front of a 38 foot long, twelve inch gun for Monterey (built 1891; monitor: U.S. Navy), which is not yet installed on the vessel, 1892 September 13

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 8 x 10 in. "September 13, 1892" written on the back of the print. "12" gun Monterey" written on the album page underneath the print.

Scope and Content Note

The gun is on a railcar platform. The man is possibly Packham, a shipping clerk (information from Item 159). Print is on page 133 of the photograph album.
Box 1; Box 2

Item No. 161.  Union Iron Works, San Francisco, general view of the yard, 1892

Extent: 1 photograph (3 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 7.5 x 9.5 in. 2 copy negatives, 4 x 5 in. "NH # 75296" written on the album page underneath the print.

Scope and Content Note

Photograph taken looking towards the San Francisco Bay. Philadelphia House, Pacific Restaurant, Charleston Restaurant are in the foreground and the foundry is in the background. Typed information on one of the envelopes says: "The photograph appears to have been taken from the hill to the west of Kentucky and Napa (the location of the Philadelphia House). The year 1892 appears written below the photo and may be incorrect. The 1892 San Francisco City Directory listed the Philadelphia House, J. O'Rourke, prop., at the NE corner of Kentucky and Napa but failed to list either the Charleston Restaurant or the Baltic Restaurant. An entry for the Charleston Brothers restaurant, located on the west side of Illinois between Napa and Butte, appeared in 1890. No entries for the Baltic Restaurant were found in city directories for the years 1885-1895". Print is on page 136 of the photograph album.
Box 2

Item No. 183.  Edward Thomas Morris standing in front of an engine for Peru (built 1892; steamship) at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, 1892

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 7.5 x 9.5 in. "Edward Thos Morris" is written on the album page underneath the print.

Scope and Content Note

Morris was a naval engineer at Union Iron Works. Print is on page 140 of the photograph album.
Box 1; Box 2

Item No. 186.  Interior view of the Union Iron Works machine shop, San Francisco, 1896 March 22

Extent: 1 photograph (2 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 7.5 x 9.5 in. 1 copy negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Print is on page 145 of the photograph album.
Box 2

Item No. 222.  Luis Grant and Cravin standing on board Charleston (built 1888; cruiser: U.S. Navy), with light fixtures on deck in between the two men, 1889 May

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 4.75 x 7.75 in. "Photo # NH 75127" is written on the album page above the print.

Scope and Content Note

Print is on page 177 of the photograph album.
Box 2

Item No. 249.  Cross compound Corliss engines and pumps at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, likely between 1892-1896

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 4.75 x 7.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Print is on page 190 of the photograph album.
Box 2

Item No. 250.  Two men standing next to an engine with O'Neil valve motion and cut-off at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, likely between 1892-1896

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 4.5 x 7.5 in. "O'Neil cut off engine" is written on the album page above the print.

Scope and Content Note

Print is on page 190 of the photograph album.
Box 2

Item No. 251.  Man standing in front of a Hoist engine with link motion at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, likely between 1892-1896

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 4.5 x 7.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

"Union Iron Works Builders" sign is in front of the engine. Print is on page 191 of the photograph album.
Box 2

Item No. 252.  12" x 20" belt driven compressor, likely between 1892-1896

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 4.5 x 7.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Print is on page 191 of the photograph album.
Box 2

Item No. 294.  Man pointing to something metal that has 'VERY BAD' written on it, circa 1890s-1900s

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 5 x 8 in.

Scope and Content Note

The long piece of metal looks like it might be on a railcar on a pier in front of the vessel. It also might be on board the vessel. Print is on page 208 of the photograph album.
Box 2

Item No. 297.  Aerial view of El Primero (built 1893; steam yacht) under construction at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, 1893 May

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 4.75 x 7.5 in. "El Primero. E.W. Hopkins. May 1893" is written on the album page below the print.

Scope and Content Note

Starting to plank the deck. The vessel was commissioned for E.W. Hopkins. Print is on page 210 of the photograph album.
Box 2

Item No. 298.  John Mailer and his grate bar, likely between 1892-1896

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 4.75 x 7.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Mailer is holding several grate bars. He is wearing a suit and a hat. Print is on page 210 of the photograph album.
Box 2

Item No. 300.  Portrait of a man in a suit, inscribed to Willie Hanscom, 1892 August 14

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 4.5 x 7.5 in. "A mon cher ami Willie Hanscom, souvenir de Milady le 14 Aout 1892" is inscribed on the front of the print. The man's signature is hard to read, but might say "E Pesser" or "E Pener".

Scope and Content Note

The man has a handlebar mustache and is holding a pocket watch by its chain in one hand and his hat in the other hand. Print is on page 211 of the photograph album.
Box 1; Box 3

File Unit 3.  Vessels at Union Iron Works, circa 1890s-1900s

Extent: 27 EA.
Physical Description: 20 photographic images in 27 physical forms (11 lantern slides, 6 glass plate negatives, 3 contact interpositives, 2 copy negatives, 5 black-and-white photographic prints)

Scope and Content Note

Items 314-333. 20 photographic images in 27 physical forms (11 lantern slides, 6 glass plate negatives, 3 contact interpositives, 2 copy negatives, 5 black-and-white photographic prints).
Contains photographs of ALBATROSS (schooner, 3m), COLLIS (tugboat), COLUMBIA RIVER NO. 50 (built 1892; lightship), GRAMPUS (built 1902; submarine: U.S. Navy), MONTEREY (built 1891; monitor: U.S. Navy), OLYMPIA (built 1892; cruiser: U.S. Navy), OREGON (built 1893; battleship: U.S. Navy), REPORTER (schooner, 3m), SAN PEDRO (steam schooner), unidentified vessels and several views of the Union Iron Works shipyard.
These photographs were originally donated by W.W. Hanscom on March 19, 1957 (see SFMM Accession Ledger, 219/4 through 220/15). At some point they were separated from the other photographs that came in at this time, and were erroneously cataloged as the George Hanscom photograph collection (P80-041a, no catalog number) donated by Charles Loring. This error was discovered and rectified in March 2013 and the photographs were returned to this collection (P79-064a) at this time.
Box 3

Item No. 314.  Albatross (schooner, 3m) at dock at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, circa 1895-1900

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 lantern slide, 3.25 x 4 in.

Scope and Content Note

Possibly a U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey vessel. This is the same photograph as on page 117 of the photograph album (P79-064.130). This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number).
Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/1 through 220/16.
Box 3

Item No. 315.  Collis (tugboat) pierside, port broadside view, circa 1900s

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 lantern slide, 3.25 x 4 in.

Scope and Content Note

Several men can be seen on board the vessel. There is a "SAMSON" sign on a building in the background.
This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/6.
Box 3

Item No. 316.  Columbia River No. 50 (built 1892; lightship) under construction at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, 1892

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 lantern slide, 3.25 x 4 in.

Scope and Content Note

This is the same photograph as on page 77 of the photograph album (P79-064.084). This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/9.
Box 1; Box 3

Item No. 317.  Columbia River No. 50 (built 1892; lightship) in the water after launching from Union Iron Works, San Francisco, 1892

Extent: 1 photograph (2 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 lantern slide, 3.25 x 4 in. The upper left corner of the slide is broken off and is missing. 1 copy negative, 5 x 7 in.

Scope and Content Note

There is a group of people on a dock and on the bow of an unidentified vessel, looking towards COLUMBIA RIVER NO. 50 in the water.
This is the same photograph as on page 78 of the photograph album (P79-064.085). This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/9.
Box 3

Item No. 318.  Columbia River No. 50 (built 1892; lightship) docked at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, broadside view, circa 1892

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 lantern slide, 3.25 x 4 in.

Scope and Content Note

This is the same photograph as on page 79 of the photograph album (P79-064.086). This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/9.
Box 3

Item No. 319.  Monterey (built 1891; monitor: U.S. Navy) in the stream after launching from Union Iron Works, San Francisco, 1891 April 28

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 lantern slide, 3.25 x 4 in.

Scope and Content Note

There are many other vessels in the water near MONTEREY.
This is the same photograph as on page 36 of the photograph album (P79-064.044). This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/7
Box 3

Item No. 320.  Olympia (built 1892; cruiser: U.S. Navy) just off the launching ways at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, bow view, 1892

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 glass plate negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

There are many people in the foreground standing inside the launching ways.
This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/16
Box 3

Item No. 321.  Oregon (built 1893; battleship: U.S. Navy) just off the launching ways at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, 1893

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 glass plate negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

There are many people in the foreground standing inside the launching ways.
This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/15
Box 1; Box 3

Item No. 322.  Oregon (built 1893; battleship: U.S. Navy) just off the launching ways at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, 1893

Extent: 1 photograph (2 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 glass plate negative, 4 x 5 in. 1 contact interpositive, 4.25 x 5.25 in.

Scope and Content Note

There are many people in the foreground standing inside the launching ways.
This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/15
Box 1

Item No. 323.  Reporter (schooner, 3m) wrecked at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, starboard broadside view, 1902 March

Extent: 1 photograph (2 physical forms).
Physical Description: 2 black-and-white photographic prints, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 220/2.
Box 1

Item No. 324.  Reporter (schooner, 3m) wrecked at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, starboard broadside view, 1902 March

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Shadow from the masts reflected in the water on the beach in the foreground.
This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 220/2.
Box 1

Item No. 325.  Reporter (schooner, 3m) wrecked at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, view off port quarter, 1902 March

Extent: 1 photograph (2 physical forms).
Physical Description: 2 black-and-white photographic prints, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

REPORTER is leaning towards her starboard side.
This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 220/2.
Box 1; Box 3

Item No. 326.  San Pedro (steam schooner) in drydock at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, view off starboard bow, circa 1890-1900

Extent: 1 photograph (2 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 lantern slide, 3.25 x 4 in. 1 contact interpositive, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

The vessel is behind a building and only the top of SAN PEDRO is visible.
This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/10.
Box 3

Item No. 327.  Grampus (built 1902; submarine: U.S. Navy) in the water alongside the dock at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, circa 1900s

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 glass plate negative, 3.25 x 4.25 in.

Scope and Content Note

This might not be GRAMPUS and is possibly actually PIKE (built 1903; submarine: U.S. Navy)?
This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/5.
Box 3

Item No. 328.  Unidentified vessel under construction at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, circa 1890s-1900s

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 lantern slide, 3.25 x 4 in.

Scope and Content Note

Vessel is inside a wooden framed building/structure.
This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/7
Box 3

Item No. 329.  Unidentified steamship in drydock at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, circa 1890s-1900s

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 lantern slide, 3.5 x 4 in.

Scope and Content Note

There are three men wearing suits and hats talking together in the foreground.
This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/7
Box 3

Item No. 330.  Unidentified warship in the graving dock at Hunters Point, California?, bow view, circa 1890s

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 lantern slide, 3.5 x 4 in.

Scope and Content Note

The accession sheet indicated this is possibly a French vessel.
This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/7

Related Material

This photograph looks very similar to P88-049.049, which shows DUQUESNE (cruiser: French Navy) in drydock at Mare Island (William H. Topley photo).
Box 3

Item No. 331.  Unidentified vessel on launching day at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, circa 1890s-1900s

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 glass plate negative, 3.25 x 4.25 in.

Scope and Content Note

There is a large crowd of people around the bow, some standing on a platform. The vessel has not launched yet.
This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/7
Box 3

Item No. 332.  Distant view of Union Iron Works shipyard, San Francisco, circa 1890s

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 lantern slide, 3.5 x 4 in.

Scope and Content Note

There is water in the foreground. Launching ways are on the left, wooded framed building/structure on the right.
This is the same photograph as on page 146 of the photograph album (P79-064.187). This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/8.
Box 1; Box 3

Item No. 333.  View of the Union Iron Works shipyard, San Francisco, circa 1890s-1900s

Extent: 1 photograph (3 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 glass plate negative, 3.25 x 4.25 in. 1 contact interpositive, 4.75 x 5.5 in. 1 copy negative, 5 x 6.75 in.

Scope and Content Note

There is lumber and supplies in the foreground, buildings in the background.
This photograph was previously cataloged in P80-041a (no Item number). Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/8.
Box 1; Shared Oversize Box

File Unit 4.  Oregon (built 1893; battleship: U.S. Navy), 1898

Extent: 2 EA.
Physical Description: 1 photograph in 2 physical forms (1 cyanotype, 1 copy negative)

Scope and Content Note

Item 334. 1 photograph in 2 physical forms (1 cyanotype, 1 copy negative). The copy negative was made by SAFR staff.
This photograph was originally donated by W.W. Hanscom on March 19, 1957 (see SFMM Accession Ledger, 220/14). It was previously cataloged as P89-014 (SAFR 18917) and was moved to this collection (P79-064a) in March 2013.
Box 1; Shared Oversize Box

Item No. 334.  Oregon (built 1893; battleship: U.S. Navy) underway in San Francisco Bay, bow view, 1898

Extent: 1 photograph (2 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 cyanotype, 10.5 x 13.5 in., mounted on 14 x 16.75 in. board. 1 copy negative, 4 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

On the day before sailing to Cuba.
This photograph was previously cataloged as P89-014. Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 220/14.
Box 3; Shared Oversize Box; Oversize storage Range 8, Bay 4, Drawer 3

File Unit 5.  Union Iron Works vessels and main engines, circa 1880-1900

Extent: 8 EA.
Physical Description: 8 photographs (1 lantern slide, 7 black-and-white photographic prints)

Scope and Content Note

Items 335-342. 8 photographs (1 lantern slide, 7 black-and-white photographic prints).
Contains photographs of ARAGO (built 1885; collier) and CHARLESTON (built 1888; cruiser: U.S. Navy); the main engines of OREGON (built 1893; battleship: U.S. Navy) and SAN FRANCISCO (built 1889; cruiser: U.S. Navy); U.S. Naval vessels in Honolulu Bay, Hawaii; a group portrait of Admiral Dewey and his officers aboard OLYMPIA (built 1892; cruiser: U.S. Navy); and a panoramic view of Mare Island, California.
These photographs were originally donated by W.W. Hanscom on March 19, 1957 (see SFMM Accession Ledger, 219/4 through 220/10). These photographs were previously cataloged in the SFMNHP Classified collection. They were moved to this collection (P79-064a) in March 2013.
Box 3

Item No. 335.  Arago (built 1885; collier) in the launching ways at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, stern view, 1885 April

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 lantern slide, 3.25 x 4 in.

Scope and Content Note

Vessel is ready to launch. Men standing near the stern. The first ship off the ways at the new Union Iron Works. Believed to be the first steel steamer built on the Pacific Coast.
This photograph was previously cataloged as SFMNHP Classified A04.24007 gs. Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 219/4.
Shared Oversize Box

Item No. 336.  Charleston (built 1888; cruiser: U.S. Navy) in the stream in San Francisco, after a successful trial trip, 1889 September

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print mounted on board, 8 x 10 in.

Scope and Content Note

There is an unidentified tugboat next to CHARLESTON.
This photograph was previously cataloged as SFMNHP Classified B06.02886 pl. "G- Hanscom. 3-3-57" written on the back of the print. Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 220/3.
Shared Oversize Box

Item No. 337.  Oregon (built 1893; battleship: U.S. Navy) starboard main engine at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, circa 1895-1896

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white silver-gelatin photographic print, 7.13 x 9.5 in., mounted on 8.88 x 11 in. board

Scope and Content Note

This photograph was previously cataloged as SFNMHP Classified A10.27154. "G- Hanscom. 3-3-57" written on the back of the print. Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 220/4.
Caption: U.S. Battle Ship "Oregon" Starbd. Main Engines / Diameter of Cylinders = HP 34-1/2" IP 48" LP 75" x 42" IHP = 9000
Shared Oversize Box

Item No. 338.  Man standing in front of one of the main engines of San Francisco (built 1889; cruiser: U.S. Navy) in the erecting shop, Union Iron Works, San Francisco, circa 1890s

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white albumen photographic print, 7.75 x 9.5 in., mounted on 10 x 12 in. board

Scope and Content Note

View of a crankshaft. The man in the photograph is the same person as in Item 339.
This photograph was previously cataloged as SFMNHP Classified A10.17889. Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 220/4.
Shared Oversize Box

Item No. 339.  Man standing on one of the main engines of San Francisco (built 1889; cruiser: U.S. Navy) in the erecting shop, Union Iron Works, San Francisco, circa 1890s

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white albumen photographic print, 7.5 x 9.75 in., mounted on 10 x 12 in. board "G- Hanscom. 3-3-57" written on the back of the print.

Scope and Content Note

View of a crankshaft. The man in the photograph is the same person as in Item 338.
This photograph was previously cataloged as SFMNHP Classified A10.17890. Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 220/4.
Shared Oversize Box

Item No. 340.  U.S. Naval vessels in Honolulu Bay, Hawaii, 1887 May 19

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 7 x 9.5 in., mounted to a 10 x 12 in. board "G- Hanscom. 3-3-57" written on the back of the print.

Scope and Content Note

KAIMILOA is on the left in the foreground (ex schooner (British) EXPLORER). There are also two other American ships, one British ship, and one Japanese ship. There are two men (fishing?) on a small boat in the foreground.
According to annotations on the mat board, this photograph is a reproduction of one found in the R.J. Baker collection in the Public Archives of Hawaii, and the source of the reproduction was John Wright of [Dillingham Corp], Honolulu, Hawaii.
This photograph was previously cataloged as SFMNHP Classified H11.04209 x. Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 220/5.
Shared Oversize Box

Item No. 341.  Group portrait of Admiral Dewey and his officers aboard Olympia (built 1892; cruiser: U.S. Navy), 1893

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 11 x 14 in. Print is very fragile and should be handled with care. "Admiral George Dewey. Battle of Manila Bay. May 1, 1898. B-1837. D-1917. Admiral Dewey U.S.S. Olympia 1893" written on the front of the print.

Scope and Content Note

Twenty-three men in view in total.
This photograph was previously cataloged as SFMNHP Classified H09.18454. Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 220/9.
Oversize storage Range 8, Bay 4, Drawer 3

Item No. 342.  Panoramic view of Mare Island, California, circa 1880-1900

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white albumen photographic print, 12 x 23 in.

Scope and Content Note

The San Francisco Bay and square rigged vessels are in the distance.
This photograph was previously cataloged as SFMNHP Classified B11.22038 x, but it was never entered into the Classified database. Consequently there is no dummy record for this Item and it has just been moved to this collection. Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 220/10.
Shared Oversize Box

File Unit 6.  Union Iron Works main engines, circa 1894-1896

Extent: 2 EA.
Physical Description: 2 photographs (2 black-and-white photographic prints)

Scope and Content Note

Items 343-344. Contains 2 photographs of main engines (2 black-and-white photographic prints).
These photographs were originally donated by W.W. Hanscom on March 19, 1957 (see SFMM Accession Ledger, 220/4). They were cataloged as part of the collection titled "Photographs, 1871-1960" (P79-079, SAFR 15218) - an artificial collection of items from unknown donors. They were moved to this collection (P79-064a) in March 2013.
Shared Oversize Box

Item No. 343.  Oregon (built 1893; battleship: U.S. Navy) starboard main engine at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, circa 1895-1896

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white albumen photographic print, 7.25 x 9.25 in., mounted on 9 x 10.88 in. board

Scope and Content Note

This photograph was previously cataloged in P79-079 (SAFR 15218) - an artificial collection of Items from unknown donors. Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 220/4.

Related Material

This image can also be found in P79-072a.055.
Shared Oversize Box

Item No. 344.  Olympia (built 1892; cruiser: U.S. Navy) port main engines at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, circa 1894-1895

Extent: 1 photograph (1 physical form).
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white albumen photographic print, 7.38 x 9.25 in., mounted on 9 x 11 in. board

Scope and Content Note

This photograph was previously cataloged in P79-079 (SAFR 15218) - an artificial collection of Items from unknown donors. Originally received in March 1957. See SFMM 220/4.
Caption: U.S.S. OLYMPIA Port Main Engines / Diameter of Cylinders = HP 42" IP 54" LP 92" x 42" IHP = 13500