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U.S.S. Maui Engineering Records, 1918-1919: Finding Aid

Published in November 2019

Summary Information

  • Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
  • Publisher Address:
    589 McNair Road
    Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
    Phone: 410-293-6917
    https://www.usna.edu/Library/sca/index.php
  • Call number: MS 540
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: U.S.S. Maui Engineering Records
  • Dates: 1918-1919
  • Size: 0.08 linear feet
  • Container Summary: 4 folders
  • Creator: Maui (Motor Patrol Boat, SP-1514)
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: U.S.S. Maui was a commercial vessel of the Matson Navigation Company, requisitioned for use by the U.S. Navy during World War I. The U.S.S. Maui Engineering Records span from approximately 1918 until 1919. The records focus primarily on the spare parts available to the ship's Engineering Department during the Maui's service as a transport during and just after World War I.

History of U.S.S. Maui (SP-1514)

The first Maui, a troop transport, was built by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California, in 1917; acquired by the Navy from the Matson Navigation Company, San Francisco, March 6, 1918; and commissioned the same day.

Assigned to transatlantic duty, Maui served with the Cruiser and Transport Force through World War I, carrying troops to France and returning from Europe with passengers and the sick and wounded. Following the Armistice, she decommissioned and was returned to her owner.

During World War II, Maui operated under the Quartermaster Corps, U.S. Army, from 1942 into 1943 before she was turned over to the Maritime Administration for disposal by 1945.

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Description of Contents

The U.S.S. Maui Engineering Records, comprising 0.08 linear feet of documentation, span from approximately 1918 until 1919. The records focus primarily on the spare parts available to the ship's Engineering Department during the Maui's service as a transport during and just after World War I.

Included in the collection are handwritten notes, typed indexes, photographs, an inventory book, and a letter.

The centerpiece of the collection is the List of Spare Gear for Various Machinery, a bound volume comprising a list of parts available for the various motors aboard the ship, as well as parts for numerous different pumps, compressors, condensers, and lathes. The remainder of the collection consists of handwritten notes and sketches of pistons and valves, a list of spare electrical parts, extra copies of the index to the bound list of spare parts, a photograph of the Maui's officers and crew, and a letter from Chief Engineer Alexander Ryan to the Engineering Department thanking the men for their work.

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Arrangement

The U.S.S. Maui Engineering Records are arranged alphabetically by document type.

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Access and Use

Access

Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The U.S.S. Maui Engineering Records are the physical property of Nimitz Library. Copyright belongs to the authors or creators of the works, or their legal representatives. For further information, consult the Head, Special Collections & Archives.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure written permission to publish, reprint, or reproduce material from Special Collections & Archives. The researcher assumes responsibility for infringement of copyright or literary or publication rights. Please contact the Head, Special Collections & Archives for permission to publish and for further information.

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Acquisition and Appraisal

Provenance and Acquisition

Gift of Philip B. Beggs in January 1986. Accession No. 86-3.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

Logbooks of U.S.S. Maui may be available in Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships, 1801-1940, part of Record Group 24: Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1798-2007 at the National Archives and Records Administration.

Materials Cataloged Separately

One book, Being the "Log" of the U.S.S. Maui in the World War with Photographic Illustrations, was removed from this collection and cataloged separately at the time of accessioning.

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

U.S.S. Maui Engineering Records, MS 540

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Selected Bibliography

The following sources were consulted during preparation of the biographical note:

"Maui I (SP-1514)." Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Washington: Naval History and Heritage Command, 2015, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/m/maui-i.html.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by David D'Onofrio in November 2019. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in November 2019.

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Subject Headings

These materials have been indexed in the Naval Academy Library online catalog using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.

Name and Subject Terms

  • Maui (Motor Patrol Boat, SP-1514)
  • Ships -- United States -- Maintenance and repair

Genre Terms

  • Correspondence
  • Inventories
  • Manuscripts
  • Notes (documents)
  • Photographs

Additional Creator/Author

  • Ryan, Alexander
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence, 1919 August 27

From Chief Engineer Alexander Ryan to the Engineering Department thanking the men for their work.

Box 1 Folder 2

List of Spare Gear for Various Machinery, 1918-1919 (approximate)

Box 1 Folder 3

Notes, 1918-1919 (approximate)

Notes and sketches of piston parts and valves, as well as a list of spare parts for electrical equipment. Includes an extra copy of the index to the List of Spare Gear.

Box 1 Folder 4

Photographs, 1918-1919 (approximate)

Group portrait of officers and crew of the Maui.

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