Information for Researchers
Title: Princess Sophia (built 1912; passenger vessel) postcards,
Collection No: P05-031
Lind, H. C.
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
The following are indexing terms related to the description of this collection.
Princess Sophia (built 1912; passenger vessel)
Princess Sophia (Steamboat)
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]. 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 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
. Do not include the acronym "SAFR" in the search.
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.
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.
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."