The collection primarily documents the restoration and
maintenance of the historic vessels at San Francisco Maritime National
Historical Park from 1954 to 1982. The bulk of the collection holdings
consist of black-and-white photographs and negatives created or collected
by the ships' manager Harry Dring from 1957 to 1976. Other items include
photo albums and motion picture film. Along with restoration and
preservation of the vessels, the collection documents daily activities at
Hyde Street Pier.
As Ships' Manager and Supervisor of Restoration at Hyde Street
Pier under the State of California, Harrison (Harry) Joseph Dring oversaw
the ongoing restoration of the museum's historic ship fleet from 1954 to
1982. Dring was responsible for the fleet of historic ships at the
National Maritime Museum in San Francisco where he managed the fleets'
restoration and maintenance. He documented this work by photographing or
hiring photographers as well as collecting images of the fleet and other
non-National Park Service (NPS) historic vessels.
6014 items (14 linear ft.).
The San Francisco Maritime NHP possesses physical property
rights through ownership of the materials. However, copyright
may reside with the individual or corporate body responsible
for the creation of the materials, or with their heirs. It is
the user's responsibility to respect the provisions of the
copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States
Code). Permission to reproduce or publish from this
collection must be secured by the user from the copyright
This collection is open to the public.