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A guide to the Captain John Leale autograph books, 1910-1963
HDC0112 (SAFR 14027)  
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Description
The Captain John Leale autograph books (SAFR 14027, HDC 112) collection is comprised of two volumes created between 1910-1963. Volume one covers the years between 1910-1939 and volume two 1939-1963. They list the names of passengers and military officers, contain short entries, addresses, newspaper clippings and letters from shipbuilders. The newspaper clippings are about the CITY OF PEKING (passenger vessel) and the battleship BENNINGTON. This collection has been processed to the collection level and is open for use without restrictions.
Background
Captain John Leale was born in 1850 in Guernsey. He came to San Francisco in 1864, and was employed around 1880, originally with the South Pacific Coast Narrow Gauge Service. He served as captain on numerous ferry steamers, including ENCINAL, GARDEN CITY, OAKLAND, BAY CITY, PIEDMONT, and NEWARK. Captain Leale retired in 1914 after 36 years of continuous service aboard ferry steamers in San Francisco Bay. He died in San Francisco on December 31, 1932. An older brother, William G. Leale, also served as a ship captain aboard vessels in San Francisco Bay. Researchers should review Captain John Leale's autobiography titled Recollections of a Tule Sailor.
Extent
2 items.
Restrictions
Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
Availability
This collection is open for use unless otherwise noted.