Information for Researchers
Title: Charles J. Thompson postcards,
Collection No: P05-036
Thompson, Charles J.
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 photographic postcards related to shipwrecks and life-saving.
Physical Location: Historic Documents Department
The following are indexing terms related to the description of this collection.
Shipwrecks--Columbia River Estuary (Or. and Wash.)--History--Pictorial works
Information for Researchers
This collection is open for research.
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.
[Item title or description including date]. Charles J. Thompson postcards, P05-036. [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 and Cataloging
Processed by Charles Miller and completed 5/11/2005.
ANCS+ Catalog No. SAFR 20728.
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 20728 at
. Do not include the acronym "SAFR" in the search.
POTRIMPOS, a bark, was built in 1887 in Hamburg by Blohm and Voss, for F. Laeisz. On December 19, 1896, she was stranded on
Long Beach at the entrance to the Columbia River and became a total loss. The wreck was sold to Ford & Stokes of Astoria,
OR, in May 1897.
The collection was donated to the San Francisco Maritime Museum by Charles J. Thompson on December 19, 1952. 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
Accession number SAFR-00001.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of 2 black-and-white photographic postcards related to shipwrecks and life-saving.
One postcard is captioned "Potrimpos wrecked, March 19, 1896" (note, the date is wrong). The back of the card states that
two men were trapped inside the hull for several days and were finally rescued after the storm. The second is captioned "Canby
Life Savers going to a wreck."