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Stephen E. Davis Collection, 1936-1971 | Manuscripts

By Zachary Richardson

Collection Overview

Title: Stephen E. Davis Collection, 1936-1971Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1936-1948
ID: 01/AR0751
Primary Creator: Davis, Stephen E.
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The photographs are arranged in chronological order, by their actual or estimated dates of creation.
Date Acquired: 11/00/2012. More info below under Accruals.
Subjects: Barges, Gulfport Boiler & Welding Works, Inc. (Port Arthur, Tex.), Gulfport Shipbuilding Corporation (Port Arthur, Tex.), Gulfport Shipyard (Port Arthur, Tex.), Halifax Shipyard (Halifax, N.S.), Icebreakers (Ships), Levingston Shipbuilding Company (Orange, Tex.), Port Arthur (Tex.), Sabine-Neches Waterway (Tex. and La.), Sabine River (Tex. and La.), Sabine Steel & Construction Corporation (Port Arthur, Tex.), Shipbuilding, Shipyards, Tugboats
Languages: English

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Abstract

This collection consists of 110 photographs primarily documenting the construction of barges, tugboats, icebreakers, cutters, and other oceangoing vessels at Gulfport Shipyard on the Sabine-Neches Canal in Port Arthur, Texas.

Collection Historical Note

These photographs were collected by Stephen E. Davis during his time as Chief Engineer and Assistant Manager of Gulfport Shipyard and Sabine Steel & Construction in Port Arthur, Texas, from 1936 to 1948. The photographs were donated by Terrence E. Davis, son of Stephen E. Davis.

Biographical Note

Stephen E. Davis was the Chief Engineer and Assistant Manager of Gulfport Shipyard in Port Arthur, Texas and of Sabine Steel & Construction from 1936 to 1948.

Subject/Index Terms

Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Accruals: 2012-53
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: Collection is housed in the UNT Archives and Rare Book department vault. The UNT Archives and Rare Book department requests a 24 hour notice from patrons in order to page materials from the vault and ready the materials for use. Please contact the UNT Archives and Rare Book department for further information.
Acquisition Source: Terrence E. Davis
Preferred Citation: Stephen E. Davis Collection, University of North Texas Archives and Rare Books
Processing Information: Box-level description available for collection in the UNT Archives. Please contact the UNT Archives for more information.

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1: Stephen E. Davis Collection: Shipyard Photographs, 1936-1971Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 2794
Folder 1: Gulfport Shipyard, May 1-15, 1939Add to your cart.
15 photographs (b&w ; 9 x 13 cm.) of the Gulfport Shipyard in Port Arthur, Texas. These photographs show the progress of construction on a barge.
Folder 2: Gulfport Shipyard, 1939Add to your cart.

18 photographs (b&w ; 9 x 11 cm., 11 x 13 cm.) showing construction on vessels at the Gulfport Shipyard on the Sabine-Neches Canal in Port Arthur, Texas.

Includes images of: blueprint/plan for 110-foot harbor cutter for service in the U.S. Coast Guard ; shipyard workers and construction on various parts of ships including hull, anchor and bow, propeller, propeller shaft, sternpost, rudder, and pilot house ; the U.S. Coast Guard's Arundel cutter/icebreaker, which was built at Gulfport Shipyard ; construction on vessels including cutters/icebreakers, towboats/tugboats, and barges ; and shipyard workers as part of the Public Works Administration (1939-1943).

Folder 3: Gulfport Shipyard, 1939, 1930s-1940sAdd to your cart.

11 photographs (b&w ; 7 x 10 cm., 9 x 23 cm., 8 x 10 in.) of the Gulfport Shipyard on the Sabine-Neches Canal in Port Arthur, Texas and vessels built at the shipyard.

Includes images of: shipyard, gantry cranes, and other structures at shipyard ; man and woman aboard icebreaker/cutter Captain Haden ; and United States Coast Guard  icebreaker cutters Arundel and Mahoning, built at Gulfport Shipyard.

Folder 4: Gulfport Shipyard, 1939-1950sAdd to your cart.

7 photographs (b&w ; 8 x 13 cm., 9 x 14 cm., 10 x 13 cm.) of the Gulfport Shipyard on the Sabine-Neches Canal in Port Arthur, Texas.

Includes images of: canal and shipyard with barges (under construction and finished), gantry cranes, and other buildings ; a vessel named Goodwill with men aboard in top hats and tuxedos as part of Port Arthur's annual CavOILcade celebration (est. 1952) ; and a group of 11 men and women, one of whom (unspecified) is Stephen E. Davis.

Folder 5: Gulfport Shipyard, 1942Add to your cart.

5 photographs (b&w ; 9 x 11 cm.) of a Phillips Petroleum Company (Consolidated Texas) oil drill barge at the Gulfport Shipyard on the Sabine-Neches Canal in Port Arthur, Texas.

9 photographs (b&w ; 9 x 12 cm.) of a barge and a cutter/icebreaker (or tugboat) at the Gulfport Shipyard on the Sabine-Neches Canal in Port Arthur, Texas.

Folder 6: Gulfport Shipyard, 1943-1944, undatedAdd to your cart.

10 photographs (b&w ; 8 x 10 in., 18 x 25 cm.) showing vessels under construction and finished vessels  at the Gulfport Shipyard on the Sabine-Neches Canal in Port Arthur, Texas.

Includes images of: Barge DPC 481-X and Barge DPC 485X, built by Sabine Steel & Construction Company ; other barges, cutter vessels, tugboats, and cargo ships ; gantry cranes and other structures including oil storage tanks around the shipyard and canal ; and shipyard workers at work.

Folder 7: Vessel Interior, 1950s-1960sAdd to your cart.

14 photographs (b&w ; 8 x 10 in.) of an unidentified vessel's interior.

Includes images of: unidentified vessel's boiler room, engine room, mess room, pilot house and main steering wheel, and upper deck, all printed by BM Photography of Beaumont, Texas.

Folder 8: Gulfport Shipyard, June 27, 1964, May 11, 1970, 1930s-1970sAdd to your cart.

13 photographs  (b&w, col. ; 18 x 25 cm., 19 x 24 cm., 8 x 10 in.) of vessels under construction and finished at Gulfport Shipyard on Sabine-Neches Canal in Port Arthur, Texas, interiors of vessels and other vessels built at Gulfport Shipyard.

Includes images of: tugboat Donald Stevenson of Orange, Texas ; bow, winch, pilot house, steering wheel, and controls of vessel ; aerial view of Sabine-Neches Canal and Port Arthur by Moon Photographic Service of Port Arthur ; other vessels and people at Gulfport Shipyard photographed by G. R. Moon, Jr. ; tugboats Katherine Clewis and Enco Sunshine State taken by J. C. Watkins Photography of Port Arthur ; and tugboat Martha Lynn owned by Mid-South Towing Company and photographed by Russell Ray Studios of Nashville, Tennessee.

Folder 9: Gulfport Shipyard and Halifax Shipyards, August 5, 1970, July 28, 1971, 1950sAdd to your cart.

8 photographs (b&w ; 8 x 10 in.) related to Gulfport Shipyard in Port Arthur, Texas as well as Halifax Shipyards in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Includes images of: three women and a man aboard a motorboat in Port Arthur, taken by Dudley H. Douglas ; group of 17 men and women in Port Arthur (probably shipyard employees and their wives) by Dudley H. Douglas ; men and women aboard the pleasure boat Bonnie Lee in Port Arthur, by Dudley H. Douglas ; and a steel caisson at Halifax Shipyards and in the waters around Halifax, photographed by Levingston Shipbuilding Company.

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