Photograph album documenting the 1913 Alaskan cruise of the U. S. Coastal and Geodetic Service Survey Steamer USC&GS MacArthur
Photograph album documenting the 1913 Alaskan cruise of the U. S. Coastal and Geodetic Service Survey Steamer USC&GS MacArthur
Photograph album documenting the 1913 Alaskan cruise of the U. S. Coastal and Geodetic Service Survey Steamer USC&GS MacArthur
Photograph album documenting the 1913 Alaskan cruise of the U. S. Coastal and Geodetic Service Survey Steamer USC&GS MacArthur
Photograph album documenting the 1913 Alaskan cruise of the U. S. Coastal and Geodetic Service Survey Steamer USC&GS MacArthur
Photograph album documenting the 1913 Alaskan cruise of the U. S. Coastal and Geodetic Service Survey Steamer USC&GS MacArthur
Photograph album documenting the 1913 Alaskan cruise of the U. S. Coastal and Geodetic Service Survey Steamer USC&GS MacArthur
Photograph album documenting the 1913 Alaskan cruise of the U. S. Coastal and Geodetic Service Survey Steamer USC&GS MacArthur
Photograph album documenting the 1913 Alaskan cruise of the U. S. Coastal and Geodetic Service Survey Steamer USC&GS MacArthur
Photograph album documenting the 1913 Alaskan cruise of the U. S. Coastal and Geodetic Service Survey Steamer USC&GS MacArthur
Photograph album documenting the 1913 Alaskan cruise of the U. S. Coastal and Geodetic Service Survey Steamer USC&GS MacArthur

Photograph album documenting the 1913 Alaskan cruise of the U. S. Coastal and Geodetic Service Survey Steamer USC&GS MacArthur

Alaska, California, and Washington DC: mostly 1913. Unbound. This 10.5” x 7” album contains over 150 photographs (most between 3.25” and 5.25”) glued to 35 leaves. Over 110 of the photos are of the ship’s Alaskan mission, many captioned. About a dozen are of Washington DC, and the last 30 or so must have been inserted in 1915 as they are of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. The photographs and leaves are in nice shape. The leather cover is heavily worn at the edges. Very good. Item #008885

Some of the highlights include: Washington DC (White House Easter Egg Roll, Wilson’s Inaugural Parade, the USC&GS Headquarters), USC&GS MacArthur (the crew, the wardroom, the deck, a bunk, at sea, beached for “bottom cleaning,” floating ice, USS Maryland, visitors from the Admiral Sampson), Alaska (La Perouse Glacier, bird’s-eye view of Seward, baseball game at Seward, the Augustine and illiamna Volcanoes, camp at Iniskin Bay, Ursus Head, salmon cannery at Port Graham, Capitol Building at Juneau, Swanson Harbor, petting a bear cub, clamming, a mudslide, a meeting of Alaskan Natives in western dress, Juneau street scene showing the Alaska Hotel and The Renovatory laundry, Knik street scenes showing the town pool room and Railroad Kitchen exterior, dining room of what is probably Knik’s Railroad Kitichen, an Alaskan Native woman selling beaded moccasins, and real photo postcards of the First Camp Arctic Brotherhood building in Skagway, an aerial view of Ruby City, and Resurrection Bay), and California (views of many buildings at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco).

Although the photographs show the MacArthur’s crew dressed in USC&GS uniforms, the officers were actually civilians. USC&GS personnel were not formally commissioned until 1917. This was done so that if captured during World War I while performing hydrographic duties, they would be treated as prisoners of war rather than executed a spies.

Parts of the USC&GS eventually evolved into what today is the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), one the seven United States Uniformed Services.

Exceptionally scarce. As of 2017, OCLC shows one institutional collection of similar loose photographs. There are no auction records for similar items, and none are available for sale in the trade.

Price: $3,500.00