SS HAGOOD Collection

1922-1942, undated
Manuscript Collection #1034
Physical description
0.002 Cubic Feet, 27 items , consisting of photographic prints on album pages
Preferred Citation
SS Hagood Collection (#1034), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Album (1922, 1939, 1942, undated) of photographic prints taken by an unidentified seaman, aboard the American armed merchant vessel SS HAGOOD, mostly during its voyages across the North Atlantic and North Sea to Great Britain during the period of October – December 1942 during World War II.

Biographical/historical information

The SS HAGOOD Collection documents the history of an armed American merchant vessel, of 6,866 tons, built in 1919 at the Sparrow Point, Maryland, shipyard, by the Bethlehem S. B. Corporation, and fitted as a bulk oil tanker. During the early years of World War II, in 1939-1942, the Hagood made several voyages across the Atlantic Ocean and North Sea to deliver oil to Great Britain. It was during one of these voyages, in October - December 1942 that a seaman aboard the Hagood took most of the amateur photographs contained in this collection. The Hagood apparently survived World War II and into 1946.


Lloyd's Registers. Steamers & Motor Ships, 1944-1945.

Scope and arrangement

The SS HAGOOD Collection consists of 29 black and white photographic prints attached to 14 photograph album pages (7 sheets) by corners. The photographer has provided brief captions for most of the photographs on the adjacent album pages. The photographs document the voyages of the armed American merchant vessel SS HAGOOD intermittently from 1919 to 1942 as it travelled to and from Germany and to Great Britain; however, all but two of the photographs relate to the period October - December 1942. The photographs document the conditions, especially the dangers, facing merchant seamen in the war zones during World War II, including bomb damage, dive bomb attacks, submarines, and "heavy" weather. Also documented are views of the HMS VALOROUS sailing in convoy; an unidentified Polish destroyer; bomb damaged London docks; Loch Ewe, Scotland; and the White Cliffs of Dover. The other two photographs are of the destroyer USS REID (DD 292) passing through the Kiel Canal, Germany, in 1922, and an unidentified U.S. destroyer passing the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, in 1939.

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of Judith Todman, Manager, Queens Borough Public Library, Long Island Division, New York, NY

Processing information

Encoded by Lindsay Flood, April 1, 2008; Preliminary inventory by Thomas Hall (intern), Processing completed by Jonathan Dembo on 6/26/2019.

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.