John Hugh MacDonald (b. 1915) was master of the SS J.L. Luckenbach, one of the ships operated by the Luckenbach Steamship Co. The Luckenbach Steamship Co., based in New York, was in operation from 1850 to 1974, and was one of the longest-lived and most successful of U.S. shipping companies. Lewis Luckenbach started with a single tugboat in New York and initially built his fortune by pioneering tug-and-barge transport of coal from Norfolk, Virginia (the outlet for the coal fields in what is now West Virginia), to New England. Luckenbach was later a major force in the intercoastal trade.
This is a collection of business records of the Luckenbach Steamship Co. Materials include: order books of SS J.L. Luckenbach, 1951-1954, including standing orders for Deck Officers and Night Orders; pilot’s licenses, 1987-1990; copies of U.S. Customs Department regulations related to repairs in foreign ports and lading; charts for determining ballast requirements; blank inspection report forms; a blank checklist for official ship documents; a blank fire investigation report; and a sheet of Luckenbach letterhead. Materials related to John MacDonald include: discharge papers from the U.S. Coast Guard-Merchant Marine; two discharge books with records of MacDonald’s service aboard ships, 1937-1955; a certificate for service in the U.S. Merchant Marine; a diploma from the Sperry Gyroscope Company, 1936; and a record of MacDonald’s employment with the Luckenbach Steamship Co.
- Business records
- Military records