Re: OLD China found on the Olympic today - Additional Identification Resources?

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Posted by Steve Lawson on January 28, 2007 at 21:02:34:

In Reply to: OLD China found on the Olympic today - Additional Identification Resources? posted by Elaine on January 28, 2007 at 18:28:08:


I found a photo taken in 1919 on board the Star of France (prior to becoming the Olympic II) during a meal. Note the man eating between the deckhouse and the starboard gunwale has the very same plate you found!

Over the years, several plates, bowls and cups have been found on the Olympic II. Most of it is fairly crude, thick and durable chinaware. Makes include Grafton Carr China Co., Vitrified China, Wallace, Jaxon and others. It is not known what was acquired by the Hermosa Amusement Co. when the Star of France was purchased from the Alaska Packers Association in 1933, but given the number of hallmarks found on the Olympic II and the fact that it operated during the depression, it is likely that its chinaware was a collection from a variety of sources. Note that prior to 1902, the Star of France carried a crew of 20-30, so the odds are that your plate was brought on board sometime after this date, possibly after it was converted to a barge during the winter of 1933-34.

Other pieces of china have been found in area, tossed overboard as ships entered and exited Angelís Gate. I once found a goldfish bowl on the Olympic II (for the smartasses out there, there were no goldfish in the bowl).

The Olympic II had a concession stand/restaurant on the main deck between the main and mizzen masts. When the Olympic II came to rest on its starboard side, everything shifted to this side and many items have been in this area, both inside and outside of the wreck.

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