The Herbert Tiesler papers (SAFR 17615, HDC 49) are comprised of three photocopied items: a letter dated 1909 from Tiesler's
parents giving him permission to go to sea, a letter of praise from Tiesler's supervisor dated 1936 and a lifeboat certificate
for Tiesler dated 1938. This collection has been processed to the collection level and is open for use without restriction.
Seaman and artist Herbert Tiesler (1894-1975) was born in the small town of Oels, Silesia, in what was then known as Eastern
Prussia. He attended art school but "always had a longing for the sea" and in 1909 hired on for his first voyage as a deck
boy on a roundtrip to England. Subsequent voyages took him to Australia and South America and, in 1914, he signed on as a
seaman on the German four-mast bark HANS and sailed around Cape Horn to Santa Rosalia, Mexico.
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