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James Venn Paterson papers

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Creator: Paterson, James Venn
Title: James Venn Paterson papers
Dates: 1886-1949
Abstract: James Venn Paterson was a Scottish naval architect who was president of the Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Company in Seattle, Washington. This collection includes Paterson’s business files on early twentieth century shipbuilding, correspondence, blueprints, and photographs.
Accession No: Mss 0059
Extent: 7 boxes (7 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

James Venn (J.V.) Paterson was born in Glasgow, Scotland June 17, 1867, the son of Robert Paterson, a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, and Marion Gunn. He had two sisters, Catherine (Kate) and Isabel and one brother William Romaine (Willie). He attended Albany Academy, Glasgow, where he received an education in classics and mathematics and then entered the University of Glasgow. At the University he studied mathematics and naval science, graduating in 1888. While at the University and for a time thereafter, he served as an apprentice at the Linthouse shipyard at Govan and at the Meadowside shipyard at Patrick, Scotland.

In 1891, Paterson was appointed draughtsman in the Naval Works of Southampton where he eventually became chief draughtsman. There he began an association with the great naval architect Sir John H. Biles. Upon Biles' recommendation, Paterson was appointed to a more prestigious position as consulting naval architect to the International Navigation Co. of New Jersey, chief operators of two trans-Atlantic lines, the Red Star and the American lines.

In 1892, Paterson came to the United States to stay when, in his position as naval architect, he supervised the construction of two steamers, the "St. Louis" and "St. Paul." In addition to supervising ship-building projects, Paterson's position with the International Navigation Co. afforded him with the opportunity to design and invent. He invented an expansion joint to relieve the stresses in the superstructure of large vessels, and he also designed the means by which a ship's superstructure could be incorporated into the ship's actual structure, thereby relieving the main stresses of the hull.

Paterson remained with the company (by then the International Mercantile Marine Co.) until 1906. At that time, he became general manager of the Moran Company, a shipbuilding enterprise in Seattle, Washington. When the Moran Company was taken over by the Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co. in 1912, Paterson became the new corporation's president. In 1916 when the company was sold to the Todd Shipyards of New York, Paterson retired to pursue independent contracts building submarines in Vancouver, B.C. and for the Russian Government.

Paterson was a member of the U.S. Naval Construction/Consulting Board, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Naval Architecture, and the Institute of Engineers and Shipbuilders of Scotland.

Paterson married Marie Josephine Vandeventer of Matawa, New Jersey in April 1898 and had two sons Robert Vandeventer Paterson and James Venn Paterson, Jr. He died May 19, 1947 in Seattle, Washington, on month before his eightieth birthday.


Bradford, Gershom. 1972. The mariner’s dictionary. Massachusetts : Barre Publishers.

Newell, Gordon R., and H. W. McCurdy. 1966. The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest: an illustrated review of the growth and development of the maritime industry from 1895, the date of publication of the last such comprehensive history (Lewis & Dryden's marine history of the Pacific Northwest) to the present time, with sketches and portraits of a number of well known marine men. Seattle: Superior Pub. Co.

White, James Terry. 1967. The National cyclopaedia of American biography being the history of the United States as illustrated in the lives of the founders, builders, and defenders of the republic, and of the men and women who are doing the work and moulding the thought of the present time. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms.

Who was who in America. 1950. Chicago: A.N. Marquis Company.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The James Venn Paterson collection includes correspondence, personal financial records, business records, and subject files relating to the ship building industry. The personal correspondence (7 folders) is mostly composed of letters from his family, from 1898-1945. His sister, Catherine Moorings, wrote concerning World War II and the deaths of other family members. Other letters discuss World War I, James Venn Jr.'s academic performance, and his wife's illness. Also included are copies of some letters by J. V. Paterson and a few family photographs.

Personal financial papers, including cancelled checks and bank statements, are contained in twenty-one files. Legal documents, such as Paterson's will, are also in this section.

There is one box of business records from 1900-1921 arranged chronologically. This contains mostly records from the Moran Company and the Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Company. Among the papers are wage and price lists, accounting records, stock reports, development reports, and legal documents.

Seventy-two subject files concern information on the ship building industry. Included are files on equipment, Blueprints and sketches of designs, and ship specifications. Two files contain photographs of ships.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 8 series:
Series 1: Personal correspondence, 1891-1943
Series 2: Personal papers, 1886
Series 3: Professional memberships, 1908-1946
Series 4: Financial documents, 1900-1945
Series 5: Legal records, 1920-1943
Series 6: Business papers
Subseries 1: Eastern Shipbuilding and the Great Northern Steamship Company, 1900-1905
Subseries 2: The Moran Company, 1905-1912
Subseries 3: Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Company, 1911-1916
Subseries 4: Independent contracting, 1917-1921
Subseries 5: Shipyards, 1909-1942
Subseries 6: Shipbuilding, 1891-1928
Suberies 7: Ships, 1891-1941
Series 7: Photographs
Series 8: Miscellaneous, 1909-1949


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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Paterson, James Venn.
Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Company.
International Navigation Company.
Naval architects -- United States.
Shipbuilding -- United States -- 20th century.
Shipbuilding industry -- United States -- 20th century.

Related Materials

James Paterson Fonds, 1917. University of British Columbia Library.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James Venn Paterson papers, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1984.

Finding aid written by

Peggysue Sadeghin and Jane Elder, 1987. Revised by Cynthia Franco, 2012.

Finding aid encoded by

Cynthia Franco, 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal correspondence, 1891-1943
8 folders

This series includes family and other personal correspondence arranged alphabetically.
1 Family correspondence
1 Moorings, Catherine (Kate), 1911; 1938-43. 67 items. The correspondence of Paterson's sister, who lived in Glasgow, includes cards, letters, and telegrams. Most of it was written during World War II, but there is a 1911 telegram announcing the death of their mother and a subsequent letter describing her last hours. Topics of the later, war-year letters include the death of their sister Isabel (1938), and their brother William (Willie) Romaine Paterson (1941), World War II, Hitler, and occupied France. Also included are copies of seven letters written by Paterson in response, 1942-1943.
2 Paterson, James Venn, Jr., 1927-1939. 30 items. The second and youngest of Paterson's children, James Jr. was sent to Cambridge University, where he had a less than stellar academic career. The folder contains correspondence between Paterson and tutors of Queen's College and the Senior Tutor of Gonville and Caius College regarding his son’s entrance exams and qualifications for acceptance to Cambridge; a letter from James Jr. written while at Cambridge; and letters to Paterson from a tutor at Queen's reporting on his son's problems. Also includes various academic material: tests, transcripts, lab sheets, exam admittance tickets, and college catalogs.
3 Paterson, Marie Josephine (Joe), 1897-1920. 75 items. Paterson's wife wrote faithfully to her husband in times of separation during their marriage. These letters cover a brief period before their marriage in 1898 until Mrs. Paterson's death in 1920. They discuss their love, his health, and her desire to be with him. Also included are letter and notes to Josephine regarding the birth of James, Jr., a deed to property in New Jersey, and prescriptions, bills and legal paperwork relating to her last illness and death.
4 Secor, H. D., 1924; 1939-1942. 10 items. Correspondence between Paterson and his nephew, Secor, regarding a camera Secor had developed. Includes photographs, drawings, and plans, and Paterson's letters in response.
5 Secor, Marie Josephine (Joe), 1917-1942. 13 items. Paterson's niece apparently looked to him for financial advice and assistance since most of their communications to one another concern problems with, and the eventual sale of, some property. Also included is a telegram and a letter that tell of the very sudden death of her mother.
Other correspondence
Box Folder
1 6 Ferris, Theodore E., 1916-1942. 6 items. Letters written to Paterson by Ferris, a friend and business associate, discussing business, politics and personal welfare.
7 Luke, W. J., 1901-1904. 12 items. Letters written to Paterson by Luke, a friend and business associate, discussing shipbuilding, engineering, and personal matters.
8 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1891-1924. 16 items. Correspondents include: Philip Jenkins, a friend and business associate, 1891; Isabel Paterson, Paterson's sister, 1900 & 1911; letters from a child, possibly a niece, undated.; the Seattle Press Club, 1913; Dr. George N. McLoughlin, physician of the Seattle Dry Dock and Construction Company, 1916; A. M. Young, Structural Engineer, 1916; letters from Paterson to Mrs C. E. Secor, a sister-in-law, 1918; M. MacGregor, a genealogist, 1924; R. Pinseains, friend, 1927

Series 2: Personal papers, 1886
2 folders

Box Folder
1 37 Notebooks, 1886. 2 items. Paterson's notes from his Naval Architecture class at the University of Glasgow and a notebook containing reference tables and blank graph paper for figuring specifications.
38 Miscellaneous photographs, undated. 40 items. Portrait of Josephine Secor, unidentified group portraits, and postcards and photographs of Scotland.

Series 3: Professional memberships, 1908-1946
5 folders

Box Folder
1 9 American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1912-1924. 17 items. Folder includes a copy of a letter from President Woodrow Wilson (January 13, 1916) asking the president of the Society for nominations for the Naval Consulting Board, and a letter from the president of the Society to Paterson asking him to be the representative from Washington State (see Box 1, folder 9 for related material). Also includes notification of membership, membership card, lists, and pamphlets.
10 Naval Consulting Board, 1915-1920. 18 items. With the idea in mind that Industrial Preparedness was the foundation of national security, Woodrow Wilson formed the Committee of Industrial Preparedness as part of the Naval Consulting Board, (see Box 1, folder 8 for related material). As a committee member, Paterson was responsible for obtaining any required information (usually industrial inventories) for Washington State during World War I. This folder includes forms, pamphlets, and correspondence.
11 Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, 1920-1946. 18 items. Folder includes receipts for dues, articles of association and by-laws, and notifications of meetings.
12 Institution of Naval Architects of London, 1908-1943. 87 items. Notice of meetings and symposia, correspondence, "form of proposal of member," and annual reports.
13 Society of Naval Architects, 1938-1945. 13 items. Application for admission, 50th anniversary pamphlet, and correspondence.

Series 4: Financial documents, 1900-1945
21 folders

Box Folder
1 14-29 Canadian Bank of Commerce, London, 1916-1945. 16 folders. Personal checks, receipts of stock transactions, financial records.
30 Gunn, John, 1925-1927. 20 items. Correspondence between J. V. Paterson and the solicitor handling the Gunn estate. Includes inventory of Gunn's personal estate.
31 Johns, W. G. and E. A., 1934-1942. 3 items. Correspondence concerning life insurance and a John Hancock Company booklet.
32 Hotel receipts and statements of account, September 1938. 10 items. Receipts from trip to Argyll, Glasgow, and London.
33 Household Expenses, 1925-1941. 46 items. Receipts, estimates, and brochures on home repairs and improvements.
34 Paterson, Newland & Co., 1900-1923. 14 items. Correspondence and statements of account concerning Paterson's personal investments.

Series 5: Legal documents, 1920-1943
2 folders

Box Folder
1 35 Legal Correspondence, 1920-1931. 19 items. Paterson's legal correspondence, attorney's invoices, and receipts from government agencies.
36 Paterson's will and codicil, 1937 and 1943. 4 items.

Series 6: Business papers

These papers arranged chronologically form the part of the Paterson collection dealing with the purely business aspects of running a shipbuilding company: arbitration, purchase agreements, accounting and development reports, and the business correspondence relating to material of that nature.

Subseries 1: Eastern Shipbuilding and the Great Northern Steamship Company, 1900-1905

Box Folder
2 1-2 Arbitration, 1900-1905. 2 folders. Conflict arose between Eastern Shipbuilding Company and the Great Northern Steamship Company regarding the construction of two steamships: the "Dakota" and the "Minnesota." J. V. Paterson served as one of the arbiters on the board that settled the case.

Subseries 2: The Moran Company, 1905-1912

Box Folder
2 3 Correspondence, 1905. 4 items. Letters written at the time Paterson was trying to put together the business deal that would allow him and his associates to make an offer on the Moran Company.
4 Correspondence, 1906. 13 items. Letters dealing with the proposal to buy the Moran Company made by Paterson and his associates. Subjects include purchase price and financing arrangements, and arrangements for investigation into the company's legal and financial status.
5 Reports, 1906. 7 items. Agents in Seattle were hired to investigate various aspects of the Moran Company's operation before Paterson and his associates committed themselves to a purchase agreement. The folder includes reports on reorganizing the company under new Articles of Incorporation, on the company's financial status, on its iron works and tide lands, and on the value of the property. Also included is a Blueprint plan of the shipyard.
6 Purchase Agreement, 1906. 3 items. Includes the Purchase Agreement, the "Memorandum of Agreement," and a final report in which the agent working with Paterson criticizes the behavior of a Mr. Latimer.
7 First Mortgage, 1906. 1 item.
8 Accounting, 1906. 2 items. A proposal for a system of accounting by E. G. Shorrock entitled, "The Moran Company - Suggestions as to System."
9 British Columbia Marine Railway Co., 1911. 9 items. Correspondence and papers dealing with BCMR's intention to expand into shipbuilding and repair, a proposition somehow linked with the Moran Company. Includes a large inventory of tools and equipment, reports on the proposal, correspondence and accountants' reports.
10-14 Reorganization, 1910-1912. 5 folders. Due to several factors, among which were strikes and the panic of 1907, the Moran Company faced serious financial problems throughout 1911. These folders reflect the attempts that were made to get the company back on its feet. They include telegrams and correspondence (in which the difficult Mr. Latimer re-appears); proposals for re-organization; reports by experts on the property, the shipyard, and shipbuilding on the West Coast; descriptions and plans of the shipyard, and accountant's reports.
15 Booklets, 1910. 2 items. "The Mistake of Cost Plus Profit in Determining Selling Price," and "A Comparative Study of Wage-Bonus Systems."

Subseries 3: Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Company, 1911-1916

Box Folder
2 16 Articles of Incorporation, 1911. 2 items. The Moran Company was finally re-organized during the winter of 1911-1912 and re-incorporated as the Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Company.
17 Mortgage, 1912. 4 items.
18 Accounting, 1911. 2 items. Reports entitled "System of Accounting-Cost Department" and "Plant Betterment."
19 Correspondence, 1912-1916. 1 folder. Dealing mostly with accounting, these letters included accounting papers, statements of labor costs, and a proposal on "Foreman's Profit Sharing System."
20 Hall Bros. Marine Railway and Shipbuilding, 1913. 21 items. Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co. looked into buying Hall Bros. (Eagle Harbor). This folder includes letters and telegrams regarding the possible transaction and also an accountant's survey of previous work done at Hall Bros. and a Blueprint plan of the shipyard.
21 Accounting reports, 1915-1916. 5 items.
22 Stockholders, 1913-1915. 7 items. After reorganization, the shipbuilding operation became quite profitable as can be seen by these booklets, "Report of the Trustees to the Stockholders."
23 Personnel, 1916. 1 item. Fred K. Nicholson wrote a letter to Paterson in which he analyzed SC&DD's corporate structure, illustrated the need to create a General Superintendent position within that structure, and offering himself as a candidate should Paterson decide to create it. It is an interesting analysis of SC&DD's chain of command.

Subseries 4: Independent contracting, 1917-1921

Box Folder
2 24-25 Contract, 1917. 2 folders. Paterson worked on Contract 602-R between British Pacific Engineering and Construction Company Limited and the Pacific Coast branch of the Electric Boat Company of New Jersey. Contract, Paterson's weekly invoices, and wage and price estimates are included.
26 Correspondence, 1921. 35 items. Paterson acted as a consulting engineer on a variety of projects. These letters reveal his activities during the summer of 1921, when he advised the Puget Sound Navigation Company on the construction of a "Diesel Driven Motor Ship."

Subseries 5: Shipyards, 1909-1942

After the first folders in this series, shipyard files are arranged alphabetically, and include information pertaining to the plant or operations of other yards.
Box Folder
2 27-32 Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co. Plant Betterment, 1912-1914. 6 folders. The crucial factor in the decision to re-organize the failing Moran Company was the decision by the company's financiers, Bertron, Griscom & Co., to sink additional funds into plant improvements. By dredging and building a new dry dock they hoped to attract a larger share of the ship building and repair market and turn the shipyard into a successful, competitive operation. These folders include all the material pertaining to plant betterments for that time period: a list of improvements and their prices; brochures of various Pacific Coast harbors' docks and docking rates; Blueprint drawings of dry docks; price estimates; specifications; correspondence, notes, and logs; and five photographs.
33 Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co. "Docking Book," undated. 1 item. Includes docking and repair rates and an alphabetical record of the ships Seattle Construction and Dry Dock had worked on, the type of work, and what they charged.
34 Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co. Monthly Costs, 1915. 3 items. An estimate of the cost to run the entire plant, (with cover letter), and a booklet breaking down monthly maintenance costs on a department-by-department basis (i.e. pipe shop, carpenter, shop, etc.).
35 Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co. Plant Betterment, 1915-1916. 8 items. Although the major improvement, the new dry dock, was completed in 1914, Seattle Construction and Dry Dock continued to polish up the shipyard. This folder contains material on other improvements: modifying the physical plant somewhat, clearing sites, and building a slip.
36 Everett Pacific Company, 1942. 1 item. Blueprint of shipyard.
37 Mare Island Navy Yard Shops, 1914. 2 items. Cover letter and list of Shop's Overhead Percentages.
38 Norway Pacific Construction and Dry Dock Co., undated. 1 item. Plan of shipyard.
39 San Francisco, 1909. 2 items. Blueprints for construction of a wharf's shed in San Francisco.
40 Todd Dry Docks, Inc., 1918. 1 item. Blueprint of a cross section of an 8,000 ton sectional floating dry dock.
41 Union Iron Works, undated. 2 items. Map of docking facilities.
42 Vancouver, undated. 2 items. Blueprint and typewritten description of a dry dock for the City of Vancouver.

Subseries 5: Shipbuilding, 1891-1928

Price lists, labor rates, estimates and bids are arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
3 1 New York Shipbuilding Company, undated. (around 1900). 1 item. A Comparison of labor rates between New York Shipbuilding Company and three other companies: Cramps, Newport News, and "R. Co."
2 Estimates, 1899. 3 items.
3 Materials Price Lists, 1901-1903. 9 items. Various lists, telegrams, letters, and one alphabetical volume quoting prices on shipbuilding materials.
4 The Moran Company, 1908. 4 items. "Item Cost Sheet - Material and Labor."
5 The Moran Company, 1907-1909. 1 folder. Includes estimates, bids and price lists.
6 Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co., 1912-1913. 5 items. List of costs to operate various machinery.
7 Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co., 1914-1915. 1 folder. Estimates, bids, and price lists.
8 Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co., 1914. 1 item. Folder entitled, "Labor and Machine Ratings."
9 Union Iron Works, 1914-1915. 2 items. Labor rates.
10 Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co., 1912-1915. 8 items. Schedule of labor rates.
11 Price lists, etc., undated. 8 pages.
12 Todd Dry Docks, Inc., 1919 & 1926. 2 items. "List of Billing Rates" and "Wage Scale."
Tools, materials, and equipment
13 Tool Inventory, 1899. 3 items.
14 Tool Inventory, 1912. 32 items. Inventories by departments of Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co.
15 Computer, 1919. 2 items. Letter and advertisement for a calculation wheel "computer."
16 Cranes, 1914-1919. 9 items. Includes correspondence, specifications, photographs, Blueprint drawings, and articles.
17 Drills, 1914-1915. 4 items. Includes a Blueprint drawing and three booklets advertising the Cleveland Twist Drill Co.
18 Furnaces, 1917. 2 items. Includes letters describing and quoting prices on furnace equipment from the General Combustion Company.
19 Galvanizing, 1910-1916. 7 items. Includes reports, price lists, and correspondence.
20 Insulation, 1918. 1 item. Advertisement describing "85% Magnesia Insulation."
21 Lumber, 1906-1920. 9 items. Includes price lists, correspondence, and booklets of rules for grading lumber.
22 Paint, 1912-1926. 4 items. Includes an article, specifications, a note, and a pamphlet.
23 Pneumatic Tools, 1917. 7 items. Includes correspondence, articles, and advertisements.
24 Riveting Machines, 1896-1918. 9 items. Includes drawings, data, reports, price lists, booklets and a Blueprint drawing.
25 Tools - Miscellaneous, 1913-1925. 1 folder. Includes material on screws, planers, and other small tools and machines.
Ship parts and pieces arranged alphabetically.
26 Bleeder, undated. 1 item. Blueprint drawing of a bleeder (plug used in the bottom of oil tanks).
27-30 Boilers, 1915-1919. 4 folders, blueprint drawings, booklets, reports, articles, and estimates.
31 Bolts, undated. 1 item. Notebook - perhaps from Paterson's student days in Glasgow.
32 Boom Fittings, 1915. 1 item. Blueprint drawing of 6 to 10 ton boom fittings.
33 Brass Castings, 1915-1916. 5 items. Includes prices, calculations, reports, and articles.
34 Doors, undated. 1 item. Blueprint drawing of a hinged, water-tight door.
35-37 Engines - Diesel, 1914-1921. 3 folders. Includes packing list, Blueprint drawings, photographs, correspondence, reference lists, specifications, a promotional booklet, and a contract.
38 Engines - Oil, 1911-1923. 13 items. Includes promotional material, specifications, calculations, and an article.
39 Engines - Steering, 1912. 2 items. Report on the "Williamson Differential Steering Engine (Patented)."
40 Evaporators, 1917. 2 items. Blueprint drawing and report, "Test of Schuttle and Koerting Evaporator."
41 Fairleader, 1915. 1 item. Blueprint drawing of a 12 inch fairleader - used to "lead lines in the direction desired; they put an angle in the direction of a line so it may be brought to a belaying pin or to the capstan" (Bradford The Mariner's Dictionary).
42 Plug Cock, 1899. 1 item. Blueprint drawing.
43-44 Propellers, 1900 & 1924. 2 folders. Includes calculations, estimates and articles.
45 Propelling Machinery, 1913-1919. 7 items. Includes a letter, a Blueprint drawing and an article.
46 Ram, Forged Steel, 1925. 3 items. Blueprint drawing of a ram, the "protruding portion of the lower stern of a naval vessel, so constructed as to receive the impact of an attacking collision" (Bradford The Mariner's Dictionary).
47 Slip Joint, undated. 1 item. Drawing of expansion joints for pipes.
48 Slop Chute, 1915. 1 item. Blueprint drawing.
49 Superheated Steam, 1914-1916. 4 items. Blueprint drawing, articles and a booklet.
50 Tail Shaft, 1913-1917. 8 items. Includes correspondence and other material on "Vickers Patent Tail Shafts."
51 Tail Shaft Gland Ring, 1916. 1 item. Blueprint drawing.
52 Thrust Bearing, 1914. 2 items. Blueprint and booklet.
Box Folder
4 1-2 Turbines, 1916-1917. 2 folders. Includes a letter, brochure and Blueprint drawings.
3 Turnbuckles, undated. 5 items. Blueprint drawings and description of a "contrivance made of metal, cylindrical in shape, with an inside thread in each end. Into each of these ends screws a threaded eye bolt. A turnbuckle spliced into shrouds, stays, backropes, etc., can be screwed up with great facility and keep a satisfactory tension on the rigging" (Bradford The Mariner's Dictionary).
4 Valves, undated. 3 items. Promotional material by Foster Engineering Company.
5 Ventilating Systems, 1899-1926. 8 items. Photographs, Blueprint drawings, promotional material and correspondence.
6 Water Heaters, 1917-1919. 4 items. Correspondence and a brochure.
Ships by type arranged alphabetically
7-10 Cargo Steamers, 1913-1915. 4 folders. Includes operating costs, estimates, articles, specifications, and Blueprints of body plans and arrangement plans.
11-13 Colliers (vessels in the coal trade), 1915-1916. 3 folders. Includes correspondence, estimates, articles, specifications, and Blueprints of arrangements.
14-16 Destroyers (very fast scout vessel for protection of capital ships and convoys and for use against submarines), 1915-1916. 3 folders. Includes statistics, correspondence, photographs, and Blueprints of the turbine gear unit.
17 Dredge, undated. 1 item. "Vessel equipped with machinery for removing the material of the bottom of a harbor or channel. Sea-going dredges are not unlike steamers in appearance" (Bradford, The Mariner's Dictionary).
18-19 Express Steamers, 1913. 2 folders. Includes estimates, correspondence, and Blueprint drawings of the hull, bilging diagram, steam piping arrangements, and boiler mountings.
20 Ferry, 1921. 8 items. Blueprint drawings of body plan, hold plan, midship section, main deck plating, outboard profile and main deck plan.
21 Fishing Vessel, 1889. 1 item. Blueprint drawing of the midship section.
22-26 Freight Steamers, 1915. 5 folders. Specifications, estimates, and Blueprint drawings of the general arrangement, midship section, profile of lower hold, hull statistics, machinery sections, and plan of boiler.
27-30 Passenger Steamers, 1891-1915. 4 folders. Statistics, estimates, correspondence, specifications, and Blueprint drawings of the midship section, the arrangements, the gearing, and the principal dimensions.
31 Passenger/Freight Steamer, undated. 4 items. Specifications.
32-41 Steamers - miscellaneous, 1913-1928. 10 folders. Includes bids, specifications, proposals, estimates, calculations, contracts, correspondence, and articles. Also includes Blueprint drawings for machinery, gearing, arrangements of turbine, general arrangements, body plan and midship section for the construction of single and twin screw steel steamers.
While under construction, before their christenings, individual ships were referred to by their hull number.
42 Hull #42, 1907. 1 item. Displacement curves.
43 Hull #43, undated. 4 items. "Calculations relative to water lines" at various inclinations.
44 Hulls # 45, 46, 47 & 50, 1909. 10 items. Displacement curves, calculations, estimates, and work and price sheets.
45 Hull #48, undated. 2 items. Displacement curves.
46 Hull #49, 1908. 2 items. Displacement curves.
47 Hulls #55 & 56, 1909. 5 items. Estimates.
48 Hulls #63 & 64, 1911-1912. 1 folder. Estimates, drawings and calculations.
49 Hull #65, 1912. 1 folder. Plans and specifications.
50 Hulls #66 & 67, 1911-1912. 1 folder. Estimates, drawings, and calculations.
Box Folder
5 1 Hull #74, 1912. 10 items. Calculations.
2 Hull #78, 1914. 7 items. Cost estimates.
3 Hulls #85 and 86, 1915-1916. 1 folder. Cost estimates, labor rates, time schedules.
4 Hulls #85, 86, 88, 89, 90, 91, 1916. 1 folder. Time sheets, material lists, contracts, price lists, drawings, specifications, estimates, and reports.
5 Hulls #88-91, 1916. 5 items. Material orders.
6 Hull #176, 1915. 1 item. Specifications.
7-8 Hulls #264 and 265, 1915. 2 folders. Correspondence, calculations, Blueprint drawings of lines, drafts, midship section, principal dimensions, and general arrangement for freight vessel for the Luckenback Company.
9 Hull #277 and 278, 1893. 2 items. Blueprint drawings of Steps for Derricks Aft, and hull.
10-11 Hulls #311 and 312, 1900. 2 folders. Plats, drawings, and Blueprint drawings. Possibly the hulls of the "Kroonland" and "Finland", see Box 6, folders 29-31.
12 Hulls #341 and 342, 1900. 1 folder. Specifications, and descriptions of the sanitary arrangements, the steam piping and heating, and the water systems.
13 Lifeboats, 1920. 3 items. "Plan and description of Ferguson's Boat Releasing Gear," Blueprint drawing of a midship section, and specifications.
14 Rafts, 1916-1920. 11 items. Correspondence and Blueprint drawings.
15 Stationery Floating Pumping Plant, undated. 2 items. Blueprint drawings of a profile plan and a midship section.
16 Steam Launch (small boat with power, sail, or oars), 1905. 2 items. Blueprint drawings.
17 Stern Wheeler Passenger Steamer, 1891. 1 item. Drawing of general arrangement.
18-20 Tugs, 1912-1923. 3 folders. Specifications, drawings, articles, and Blueprint drawings.
21-22 Wooden ships, undated. 2 folders. Proposal and Blueprint drawings of frame plan, inboard elevation, hold beams, engineering, moulded lines, and the frames for the upper, bridge, poop, and forecastle decks.
23 Yacht, undated. 3 items. Blueprint drawings of the body plan and spar mountings.

Subseries 5: Ships, 1891-1941

J. V. Paterson and the company he headed played important roles in the history of shipping in the Pacific Northwest. The following section is composed of individual ships listed by their christened names. A brief history is included for some because of their significance to Pacific Northwest shipping or to the Moran/Seattle Construction & Dry Dock Co.
Box Folder
5 24-25 Lists, undated. 2 folders. Descriptions of vessels built by both the Moran Company and Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co. and three books kept by Paterson listing and describing various ships.
26 "Aberdeen," undated. 1 item. Photograph.
27 "Admiral Watson," undated. 3 items. Salvage costs. In 1913 the "Admiral Watson" was overhauled at Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co. She served as part of the Admiral Line in the Alaska summer excursion trade. In 1934 she was sold to Japanese shipbreakers. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
28 "America," undated. 2 items. Data and figures.
29 "Arecuna," undated. 1 item. Data and figures.
30 "Archer Glass," undated. 1 item. Data and figures.
31 "Ariel," undated. 1 item. Drawing of the barque.
32 "Broderick Castle of Poole," undated. 1 item. Drawing of midship section.
33 "Burnley," undated. 1 item. Data and figures.
34 "Bushnell," 1915. 8 items. Seven photographs and Instruction Book. Built by Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Company in 1915, the "Bushnell" was fitted with the largest diesel engine ever placed in a vessel in the Pacific Northwest. [The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
35 "Buzzard," undated. 2 items. Data and figures.
36 "Campania," undated. 2 items. One photograph and a sectional drawing.
37 "Catania" and "Hermione," undated. 1 item. Speed curves.
38 "Chicago," 1909-1911. 12 items. Estimates, specifications, and Blueprint drawing of proposed fuel tanks. The "Chicago" was a 1908 fishing steamer used primarily for halibut. In 1913 she was wrecked but her hull was later refloated and converted in 1929-30 into a cable barge named the "Brico." [The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
39-40 "City of New York" and "City of Paris," 1889-1893. 2 folders. Blueprint drawings.
41 "Clansman" and "Claymore," undated. 1 item. Blueprint drawing.
42 "Col. P. S. Michie," 1912-1913. 1 folder. Data, correspondence, Blueprint drawings, and estimates. "Col. P. S. Michie" was completed in 1913 for the Army Corps of Engineers for use as a bar dredge at Coos Bay. She was operational until 1951. [The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
43 "Commanche," 1910. 1 folder. Proposals, Blueprint drawings, calculations, and estimates.
44 "Congress," 1914. 6 items. Reports and correspondence on propellers. The "Congress" was built in 1913 by the New York Shipbuilding Company and was the largest American passenger vessel in coastal service (Puget Sound, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego). In 1916 she caught fire and while no lives were lost, she experienced extensive damage. She was sold the China Mail Steamship Company, refurbished at a cost of two million dollars, and put into service between San Francisco and the Orient as the "Nanking." In San Francisco in 1923 she was seized by the U.S. government on a narcotics smuggling charge. She was purchased by the Admiral Line, renamed the "Emma Alexander" and put back into service along the Pacific coast. She served as a British transport during World War II (now the "Empire Woodlark") and in 1946 was loaded with surplus gas bombs and sunk at sea. [The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
45 "Crested Eagle," 1925. 1 item. Article.
46 "Crocodile," undated. 2 items. Blueprint drawings of body plan and midship section.
47 "County of York," undated. 1 item Data and figures.
48 "Cymric," undated. 1 item. Inspection report.
49 "Cyprus," 1913. 23 items. Twenty photographs, figures, and Blueprint drawings of deck plans and E.H.P. (Effective Horse Power) curves. The "Cyprus" lasted for seven years until 1920 when she sank at Dry Bay, Alaska. [The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
Box Folder
6 1 "Dalgomar," undated. 1 item. Curves.
2 "Duchess of Hamilton," undated. 2 items Data and figures.
3 "El Destructor," undated. 2 items. Torpedo boat - figures, data and metacentric diagram.
4 "Etruria," undated. 2 items. One photograph and a drawing of sections.
5 "Falcon," 1908. 1 item. Trial data. Launched in 1908, the "Falcon" was used in the coastal lumber trade. In 1910 her cargo caught fire in Portland. In 1913, she was refurbished, renamed the "Santa Inez" and used as a sardine reduction plant on the California coast. In 1940 she was sold and sent to Hong Kong. [The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
6 "Frederica", "Lydia," and "Stella," undated. 1 item. Capacity sketch.
7 "Friesland," 1890. 5 items. One photograph, and Blueprint drawings of life boats, stern frame, and curves of statistical stability.
8 "Galatea," undated. 1 item. Photograph.
9 "Gannet," undated. 1 item. Data and figures. The "Gannet" was part of the 1934 fleet of minesweepers dispatched by the Navy to extensively chart the Aleutian Islands. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
10 "Glen Sannox," undated. 1 item. Photograph.
11-14 "Great Northern" and "Northern Pacific." 4 folders. Figures, Blueprint drawings, photographs, correspondence and articles. Built in 1914 by William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, the "Great Northern" and "Northern Pacific" were the largest coastwise steamers ever built. They had been commissioned by James J. Hill, "The Empire Builder," and named after his railroads. They operated on the route between the Columbia River and San Francisco until they were purchased by the U.S. government in 1917 to be used as troop transport ships.
After World War I, the "Northern Pacific" was re-sold to the Admiral Line and was sent to Pennsylvania for conversion and refurbishment. While off the coast of New Jersey, however, she caught fire and was destroyed. Six of the skeleton crew of workmen who had been on board died.
The "Great Northern" was such a success as a troopship, never travelling in convoy but relying instead on her speed and maneuverability to avoid enemy submarines, that she was commissioned by the navy as the U.S.S. "Columbia." As such, she was used as the flagship of the Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet. After the loss of the "Northern Pacific," however, the Admiral Line convinced the government to sell her, which they did on an 'as is' basis while she was in Cuba. Unfortunately the Navy, on turning her over, neglected to remove both their electronic equipment and over one million dollars in payroll cash. By the terms of the sale these were now the property of the Admiral Line. Negotiations ensued, the Navy's property was returned and the "Great Northern" was sent to Brooklyn to be re-done as the "H. F. Alexander." (For additional information, see Box 6, folder 17. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
15 "Grenadier," undated. 1 item. Data and figures.
16 "H. B. Kennedy," 1910. 3 items. Reports on ship's trials. Launched in 1909, the H. B. Kennedy performed so well in her trials that the Moran Company used her as a model for their ship of similar speed, the "Tacoma." When the "H. B. Kennedy" arrived in Puget Sound, she wound up on the rocks due to extensive mechanical breakdowns. The Moran Company had additional opportunity to study her as they were responsible for her extensive repairs. She was used as a passenger steamer until 1922 when she was renamed the "Seattle" and converted to a steam ferry. She was replaced in 1938 and sold to shipbreakers in 1939. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
17 "H. F. Alexander," undated. 13 items. Photographs showing extensive damage to the bow. In 1922, the "H. F. Alexander" (formerly the "Great Northern") struck Cake Rock off of the Washington coast. No lives were lost, but the cost of repairs, which were accomplished in two weeks, was one quarter of a million dollars. In 1933, another quarter of a million dollars was spent in hull repairs after she lost her way in a dense fog and struck the shoals. The "H. F. Alexander" continued in coastal service until World War II when she was used as the transport "George S. Simonds." She was scrapped in 1946. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
18 "Haveford," 1901. 3 items. Figures and a speed scale from her trials.
19 "Iona," undated. 1 item. Data and figures.
20 "Iroquois," 1928. 1 folder. Estimates, figures, Blueprint drawings, and specifications.
21 "Isis," undated. 1 item. Blueprint drawing of midship section.
22 "Itamarity," undated. 1 item. Data and figures.
23 "Itaoca" and "Itaidu," undated. 1 item. Capacity plan.
24 "Jeanie Deane" and "Meg Merillee," undated. 2 items. Figures and drawing of sections.
25 "Jonancy," undated. 1 item. Blueprint drawing of body plan.
26 "Kensington," 1893. 2 items. Blueprint speed scale and drawing of boiler.
27 "Kiev," 1915. 2 items. Docking charges and list of work done.
28 "Kitsap," 1914. 1 item. Bids. The "Kitsap" was launched in 1906 and sunk in 1910 in an accident in Seattle that involved the "Kitsap" sinking the "Columbia" and the "Indianapolis" sinking the "Kitsap." She was later raised, repaired, renamed the "Bremerton," and placed on a ferry route in Seattle. In 1926 she was destroyed by fire. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
29-31 "Kroonland" "Finland" and "Zeeland," 1902. 3 folders. Speed curves, trial reports, description of ventilating system for "Kroonland" and "Finland," and Blueprint drawings. .
32 "Kulshan," 1910. 5 items. Speed curves and ship data. Built by the Moran Company in 1910, the "Kulshan" was used for the Seattle-Bellington service for twenty years. She was scrapped in 1938. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
33 "Latouche," 1910-1912. 1 folder. Two photographs, estimates, drawings, piece work price lists, material lists, and speed curves. The "Latouche" was built by the Moran Company for the Alaska Steamship Company in 1910. She served in Alaska until 1940 when she was sold to the Madrigal Line out of Manila. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
34 "Lake Superior," undated. 1 item. Data and figures.
35 Lake Washington Ferry, 1914. 1 item. "Statement of Calculations."
36 "Lord of the Isles," undated. 2 items. Drawing of dimensions.
37 "Majestic," undated. 1 item. Photograph.
38 "Manaos," undated. 1 item. Data and figures.
39 "Maranar," undated. 3 items. Data and figures.
40 "Marion Lightbody," undated. 1 item. Ship's lines.
41 "Meteor," 1910. 3 items. Figures, weights, and metacentric diagram.
42 "Minnesota," 1901. 1 item. "Schedule of Rates for Labor and Tools." In 1903, the "Minnesota" was the largest ship ever launched in the United States. She was designed for trans-Pacific service between Puget Sound and the Orient, and was the subject of a great deal of arbitration between the Eastern Shipbuilding Company who built her and the Great Northern Steamship Company who owned her. (See Box 2, folder 1-2, for arbitration papers.) She was hailed and promoted as one of the fastest ships of her type until she actually sailed and was found to be a rather sluggish vessel (a subject of vast irritation to James J. Hill, the owner of Great Northern). She was continually plagued by troubles with her boilers, which were obsolete. By 1915 she was the last American steamship operating between the Pacific Northwest and the Orient, and shortly thereafter was sold and sent to Great Britain for use as transatlantic transport during World War I. In 1923, she was sold to German shipbreakers. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
43 "Mongolian," undated. 2 items. Weights, and Blueprint drawing of sections.
44 "Nebraska," 1903. 2 items. "Statement of Cost of Piled Foundation in Ship Shed - Battleship Nebraska." The U.S.S. "Nebraska" was begun by Moran Brothers in 1900 and launched in 1904, and was one of their biggest projects to date. In 1923, she was sold for scrap under the terms of a disarmament treaty, and was dismantled at the Mare Island Navy Yard. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
45 "New England," undated. 3 items. Photographs.
46-47 "New York," 1902. 2 folders. Estimates, logs, capacities, and Blueprint drawings.
48 "Niborg," undated. 2 items. Torpedo boat figures and metacentric diagram.
49 "Normannia" and "Hantonia," 1915. 1 folder. Specifications, articles, and drawings of the auxiliary freight schooner.
50 "Northland," 1908-1909. 4 items. Figures and Blueprint drawings of dimensions, profile and deck plans and "particulars." Launched by the Moran Company in 1908, the "Northland" served on the southeast Alaska route for Border Line Transportation. In 1916 she sank in the harbor of Kak, Alaska, but was later raised and renamed the "Admiral Nicholson." She ran aground and was scrapped in 1924. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
51 "Oceanic," undated. 1 item. Data and figures.
52 "Ophir," undated. 1 item. Blueprint drawing of dimensions with notes on the back.
53 "Paterson," undated. 2 items. Photographs of what was possibly Paterson's personal yacht.
54 "Pathfinder," 1941. 3 items. Drawings of the lubricating oil tank, the division bulkheads, the lower deck, and the deck plans. The "Pathfinder" was just completed for the Geodetic Survey Fleet when World War II broke out and she was taken over by the Navy. She was reported sunk (erroneously) four times by Tokyo Rose, and was actually hit by a Kamakazi pilot at the end of the war. Fortunately, the bomb did not go off and she survived. After the war she was returned to her regular duties in Alaska. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
55 "Potlatch," 1912. 1 folder. Lists, estimates, drawings, and calculations.
56 "Preotisilous," 1915. 7 items. Photographs and figures.
57 "President," undated. 1 item. Specifications.
58 "Prince of Wales," 1891. 1 item. Blueprint drawing of midship section.
59 "Princess Victoria," 1914. 3 items. Appraisal and legal papers. Launched in 1901, the "Princess Victoria" was a very fast and seemingly unfortunate ship. In 1906 she overtook and sank a steam tug, the "Chehalis," killing 16 people. In 1908, she ran down and sank the fishing schooner "Ida May" who was returning from her maiden voyage. In 1914, she crashed into the "Admiral Sampson" in a fog and sank it, killing another 16 people. She was converted into an automobile ferry for the Seattle-Victoria run in 1930, and had an uneventful career until 1948 when a woman was washed overboard during a storm. In 1952, she was dismantled and her hull converted to a cargo barge, which sank in deep water later that year. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
60 "Reina Regente," undated. 2 items. Metacentric diagram and figures.
61 "St. Louis," 1902-1903. 8 items. Figures, damage repair, displacement scale, and curves of stability.
62 "St. Paul," 1902-1903. 1 folder. Photograph and figures.
63 "Samara," undated. 1 item. Blueprint drawing of sections.
64 "Samoa," 1916. 3 items. Drawings, correspondence, and a Blueprint cargo capacity.
65 "San Pablo," 1914. 4 item. Summary of bids on the dredge.
66 "San Salvador" and "Olivida," undated. 1 item. Capacity sketch.
67 "Scout," undated. 2 items. Figures and metacentric diagram.
68 "Seward," 1911 & 1916. 4 items. Two photographs, capacities, and schedule of piece work."
69 "Simplicity," undated. 1 item. Specifications.
70 "Sioux," 1911. 1 folder. Three photographs, Blueprint drawings, figures, speed curves, and price lists. The "Sioux" was built by the Moran Company and was launched in 1910. She was the first vessel to make a commercial passage through the lock system connecting Lake Washington and Lake Union with Puget Sound. In 1923 she was converted to an ocean-going auto ferry for the Olympic-Port Angles-Victoria route. In 1941 she was bought by the Army for use in the Panama Canal area. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
71 "Skirmisher," undated. 1 item. Data and figures.
72 "Sobraleuse," undated. 1 item. Data and figures.
Box Folder
7 1-2 "Sol Duc," 1911-1912. 2 folders. Photograph, displacement curves, speed curves, figures, weights, and estimates.
3 "Southwark," undated. 1 item. Data and figures.
4 "Stanley Dollar," 1908. 5 items. Speed curves, abstract of daily log. The "Stanley Dollar" was the first vessel launched by the newly re-organized Moran Company (Seattle Construction and Dry Dock) and was designed as practically a duplicate of the "Latouche." In 1917 she was renamed the "Skagway" and put in freight service by the Alaska Steamship Company. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
5 "Star I," undated. 3 items. Photographs.
6 "Star II," undated. 2 items. Photographs. The "Star I" and "Star II" together with the "Star III" were a fleet of whaling steamers launched by Seattle Construction and Dry Dock in 1912. They served in Alaska until 1923 when they were sold to a Norwegian company, Kosshavet Whaling Co., and sent to operate in the Antarctic. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
7 "Strath Lyon," undated. 1 item. Blueprint drawing of profile and deck plan.
8 "Sylvania," undated. 1 item. Data and figures.
9 "Tacoma," 1915. 11 items. Photographs, sectional curves, speed curves, figures, and Blueprint drawings of arrangement of machinery and piping. Launched in 1913 with a great deal of fanfare, the "Tacoma" was one of Seattle Construction and Dry Dock's best-known ships. She was designed and built to have a guaranteed speed of 19 knots, a guarantee the company was able to make good. She was christened by Florence Lister, daughter of the governor of Washington. (Some of the photographs of ship christenings in Box 7, folders 24-27 are very likely of this event.) After her spectacular entrance into the shipping world, the "Tacoma" settled down into an uneventful career along the Seattle-Tacoma route. She was scrapped in 1938. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
10 "Thames," undated. 1 item. Metacentric diagram.
11 "Thade Fagelund" and "Thielbek," undated. 2 items. Photographs. In 1913, the Norwegian "Thade Fagelund" collided with the German "Thielbek" with such force that they couldn't be separated for several hours. These photographs show the results of the accident. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
12 "Tillamook," undated. 1 folder, Figures, trial results, summary of weights and center of gravity.
13 "Tina," undated. 1 item. Blueprint drawing of sections.
14 "Tourgoing," undated. 1 item. Blueprint of trial results.
15 "Tyee Junior," 1907. 3 items. Figures and statistics. The whaler "Tyee Junior" had an unremarkable career until 1912 when she was rammed by an enraged whale in Alaska. [McCurdy, The H. W. McCurdy marine history of the Pacific Northwest]
16 "Tynwald," undated. 1 item. Blueprint drawing of dimensions.
17-19 "Vaderland" and "Zeeland," 1901-1902. 3 folders. Estimates, accounts, drawings, trial results, correspondence, speed curves, and launching notes.
20 "Valkyrie," undated. 1 item. Arrangement plan.
21 "Victoria," 1916. 1 folder. Metacentric diagram, three photographs, reports, figures, and estimates.
22 "Westport," undated. 3 items. Photographs.
23 "Windsor Castle," undated. 2 items. Metacentric diagram and Blueprint drawing of midship section.
Ship data
28 Curves of Load, undated. 2 items. Drawings of curves.
29 E.H.P. Curves, 1913 & 1916. 2 folders. Effective Horse Power curves, some for "express" steamers.
30 IMM Co.'s Fleet, undated. 1 folder. Data on ships in that particular company's fleet.
31 Launching Data, 1900 and undated. 1 folder. Velocities and statistics.
32 "Forcing & Shrinkage Fits," 1914. 1 item. Report.
33 Speed, 1899. 1 item. Statistics on various ships.
34 Speed and Power Data, undated. 8 items. Statistics from various shipbuilding companies.
35 "Steamship Performance Averages," undated. 2 items.
36 "Strengths of Mast Hulls," 1908-1927. 6 items. Calculations, drawings, and an article.
37 "Stress," undated. 1 item. Statistics and figures.
38 "Weights," 1892-1907. 1 folder. Calculations.

Series 7: Photographs
4 folders

Box Folder
7 24-27 Photographs of unidentified ships, people, and ship christenings.

Series 8: Miscellaneous, 1909-1949
12 folders

Box Folder
7 40 Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co. undated. 1 item. "Standards" of various departments.
41 Health Regulations, 1921 and 1922. 2 items. Report on danger of fire in ships burning oil fuel, and report entitled, "Concerning Requirements for a Sanitary System for Drinking, Cooking, and Ablutionary Water Supplied on Vessels."
42 Steward's Department Outfitting List, undated. 1 item.
43 Lloyds Registry of Shipping, 1913-1936. 1 folder. Correspondence and articles.
44 Navy Department, 1910. 2 items. Bulletin.
45 Booklets, 1914, 1917 and undated. 3 items. "Safety of Life at Sea," "Penalties and Liquidated Damages," "When Metals Go to Sea."
46 Waves, 1915 and 1925. 2 items. Two articles on waves.
47 Ship Trials, 1909. 1 item. Blueprint map "Mile Course for Trial of Vessels of U.S. Navy (Puget Sound)."
48 "Appearance of Beacons," 1915. 1 item. Blueprint map.
49 Columbia River, 1914. 1 item. Book entitled, "History of the Mouth of the Columbia River . . ."
50 Soil Erosion Survey, 1934. 3 items. Photographs.
51 Paterson James Venn, Jr., 1949. 1 folder. Miscellaneous items that seen to be related to J.V.P., Jr.: Blueprint of Boeing Hangar addition, a Boeing book with his name on it called "Rigid Frame Data," and Boeing correspondence; Bulletin 481 of the American Railway Engineers Association; and material addressed to him from the Sock Boat Company.