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Name WAWONA

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Image of 2006.052.021 - Records

2006.052.021 - Records

13-document collection documenting the history of the Wawona; the notes were written by Orvia Parker, a hand on the Wawona. .001 = 6 pages total--copy of the handwritten accounting of the sailings by Orvia Parker, "The Schooner WAWONA to Cape Flattery and Back. The Years of 1936-1937-1938-1939"; with a typewritten copy of same .002 = 2 pages--Hand written description of photo 2006.052.001 .003 = 1 page--copy of page 31-32 from "Waterlines" July 1986 issue speaks of the boats on Lake Union including the WAWONA .004 = 3 pages--typed pages, single sided, "Routine Aboard the Wawona When Fishing in the Bering Sea" by Orvia Parker .005 = 3 pages--typed pages, "Crew Routing Aboard the

Image of 2009.002.014 - Records

2009.002.014 - Records

Miscellaneous correspondence and clippings related to the canning industry and articles relating to the restoration of the Wawona in manilla envelope marked "Mrs. Jean Perry Lowman, 1510 8th St., Anacortes, Wa. 98221. Papers for Neil & Betty."

Image of 2009.002.035 - Newspaper article

2009.002.035 - Newspaper article

Variety of newspaper clippings and a brochure of the Wawona.

Image of 2012.022 - Book

2012.022 - Book

"Northern Approaches, The United States Customs Service in Washington, 1851-1997, Department of the Treasury, United States Customs Service, Washington, D. C. 1998" Port of Anacortes, page 94 "Port of Anacortes Anacortes is eighty miles north of Seattle on Fidalgo Island and on the edge of the "dry" San Juan Island with an average annual rainfall of 25 to 26 inches. The list of ports of entry in Customs District 30 corrected to 14 October 1899 does not mention Anacortes, But that of 1 November 1900 shows her as a subport of entry. So it is assumed she emerged full grown from the sea sometime between those dates. Records are scarce, but the first Customs officer in charge see

Image of 2013.037.001 - Calendar

2013.037.001 - Calendar

1989 calendar of "Historic Bering Sea Codfishing Schooners and Crews" assembled by Northwest Seaport in Seattle, WA. The months of January, April, July, August, and December have pictures from the WAWONA (and possibly the cover). One of those pictures is of Captain Thorston "Tom" Haugan.

Image of 2013.037.002 - Book

2013.037.002 - Book

WAWONA, The Heritage of Sailing in the North Pacific, is the story of the WAWONA, including pictures. There is also a timeline which helps date this book as being published after 1964 by Save Our Ships, Inc.

Image of 2014.006.001 - Picture

2014.006.001 - Picture

The original painting by Seattle artist Robert Wandesforde was commissioned by Met Press Printers for their 1965 calendar. This full-size reproduction of the original was printed by four-color offset lithography to help raise funds for the restoration of the WAWONA. On the back of the lithograph are some facts about the ship. She measured 156' x 36' x 12' and was 468 gross tons when built in 1897 at Fairhaven, California, by Hans Ditley Bendixsen. Without topmasts, she required no ballast and could return empty after unloading lumber from the Northwest. With the advent of steamships, the WAWONA entered the Bering Sea codfishery, sailing out of Anacortes for Robins Fisheries Company each

Image of 2014.010.002 - Log

2014.010.002 - Log

In 1936 Donald McInturf sailed as a radio operator on the schooner WAWONA from Seattle to Alaska. He kept a log of his experiences on that journey which has been reproduced by Northwest Seaport in Seattle. The ship was dismantled in March 2009 after efforts to restore and preserve her proved fruitless.

Image of 2012.117.130 - Correspondence

2012.117.130 - Correspondence

On March 5, 2009, Raymond Smith wrote this letter to the editor of THE SEATTLE TIMES. He gave some history of the WAWONA during World War II and decried the fact that the ship was not restored as was the STAR OF INDIA which served in a similar position. At the time of the letter, Mr. Smith was living at 1719 25th H Court in Anacortes.

Image of 2012.117.131 - Article

2012.117.131 - Article

In March 2009, THE SEATTLE TIMES ran this three-page article of the last voyage of the WAWONA as she was towed to drydock on Lake Union to be dismantled. There are three photos as well as the article.

Image of 2012.117.132 - Article

2012.117.132 - Article

In 2009, THE SEATTLE TIMES ran this photo article on the re-purposing for wood from the WAWONA for a 64-foot tall sculpture at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle. More than 200 wooden panels were included in the 5.5 ton piece.

Image of 2014.058.007 - Log, Ship's

2014.058.007 - Log, Ship's

Captain Tom Haugen of the WAWONA used this log book to list the fishermen and dressgang, as well as the number of fish caught from 1936-1947. The specifications of the ship are on the first page.

Image of 2014.058.016 - Chart, Navigational

2014.058.016 - Chart, Navigational

The "Hansen Handbook For Piloting in the Inland Waters of Puget Sound, British Columbia, Southeastern Alaska, Southwestern Alaska" was used by Captain Tom Haugen aboard the WAWONA. This revised and enlarged edition was created by Raymond F. Farwell. It consists of charts with distances, magnetic points, and courses.

Image of 2014.058.018 - Poster

2014.058.018 - Poster

This poster of 1987 celebrated 90 years of the schooner WAWONA. At that time it was housed at Northwest Seaport on South Lake Union in Seattle and an effort was being made to restore it. Gross Tonnage: 468.24 Net Tonnage: 413.94 Rig: Schooner Billet Head Elliptic Stern Sail Area: 9,129 sq. feet Official Number: 81576 Letters: K.N.D.S. Built of Wood Length: 165 feet Beam: 36 feet Depth: 12.3 feet Masts: 3 Decks: 1

Image of 2014.058.015 - Brochure

2014.058.015 - Brochure

Save our Ships of Seattle conducted tours of the WAWONA when it was berthed at Pier 54 between Ivar's Restaurant and the Fire Boat Berth. "The WAWONA was built in 1897 in Fairhaven, California, by the famous Danish shipbuilder, Hans Ditlev Bendixsen. She has a registered length of 156 feet, a depth of hold of 12 feet and a breadth of 36 feet. Her three masts are, starting at the foremast and going aft, respectively, 113 feet, 114 feet and 115 feet in total length and they measure over 106 feet from the deck to 'trunk' or top. The ship is built primarily of Humboldt pine, which is a species of Douglas fir. From the outside of the hull to the inside she is well over a foot thick in many plac

Image of 2014.058.012 - Article

2014.058.012 - Article

This news article with photos of the WAWONA, skipper Tom Haugen, and Robinson Fisheries owner Jack E. Trafton, ran in an Anacortes paper sometime between 1935 and 1947. Having returned from the Bering Sea, the WAWONA brought 350,000 pounds of cod -- which wasn't considered an outstanding catch due to stormy weather in July and August. After arriving at Cape Flattery she was picked up by the PACIFIC FOAM and brought in to Anacortes.

Image of 2014.058.013 - Article

2014.058.013 - Article

On March 9, 2009, the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER documented the WAWONA as she was towed from South Lake Union to a dry dock to be dismantled. Built in Fairhaven, California, in 1897, she hauled lumber from the Northwest to California until she was bought by Robinson Fisheries in 1913 to become a fishing schooner bringing cod to Anacortes from the Bering Sea. During World War II she transformed to a military barge. " Rerigged after the war, the ship worked two more seasons in Alaska before retiring.... Of the nearly 200 ships built by the Hans Ditlev Bendixsen yard in California, just one remains, the lumber schooner C.A. THAYER, moored at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park."

Image of 2014.058.014 - Article

2014.058.014 - Article

Jim Casey wrote this article in his "northwest passage" column in the "people" section of a Seattle newspaper probably sometime in the 1980s. Titled "Captain loved that windjammer", the article is as much about the WAWONA as it is about Captain Thorstein "Tom" Haugen. Haugen was born in Hommelvick, Norway in 1886 and immigrated to the United States in 1909. He labored in lumber camps and on railroads while he learned to speak English. He went to sea in 1915 and sailed on a variety of vessels until 192 when he signed aboard the WAWONA as second mate to Captain Charles Foss in 1924. He became first mate in 1927. Captain Foss died of a heart attack at the ship's wheel on August 13, 1935 and

Image of 2014.058.010 - Article

2014.058.010 - Article

Bruce Sherman wrote this article about Captain Thorstein "Tom" Haugen on August 18, 1980. for the Business/Marine section of the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER. Haugen was born in Hommelvick, Norway in 1886 and immigrated to the United States in 1909. He labored in lumber camps and on railroads while he learned to speak English. He went to sea in 1915 and sailed on a variety of vessels until 192 when he signed aboard the WAWONA as second mate to Captain Charles Foss in 1924. He became first mate in 1927. Captain Foss died of a heart attack at the ship's wheel on August 13, 1935 and was buried on Akun Island. Haugen assumed command of the schooner and sailed home with more than a million pounds

Image of 2014.058.011 - Article

2014.058.011 - Article

R. Harlow Schillios wrote this article for the "Northwest Magazine" section of the SUNDAY OREGONIAN on April 25, 1954. The WAWONA retired from cod fishing after the disappointing summer of 1947. In 1954, Captain Lin Jorgenson proposed to re-paint the hull white and haul a load of 300 registered Hereford bulls from Bill Studdert's British Columbia ranch to Hawaii. The return cargo would be copra or coconut oil. It is unknown whether this or any other trip was made by the WAWONA following her fishing retirement.