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Caldwell, Thomas Frank, 1908-1997


Biographical Note

Thomas F. Caldwell was born in 1908 in Brooklyn, New York. In 1925 he graduated from the New York State Nautical School after 1.5 years of study and sea training as an engineering cadet aboard the Schoolship Newport. He sailed for many years with various shipping lines. He was called to active duty as a merchant mariner during World War II, sailing as Chief Engineer on the infamous Murmansk run, bringing supplies to the Russian front through Arctic seas. After the war he became a boiler inspector for various insurance companies, eventually serving as Chief Boiler Inspector for New York City. His son William followed in his footsteps, graduating from SUNY Maritime College (formerly the New York State Nautical School) in 1958. Thomas passed away at age 90 in Lake Panasoffkee, Florida, where he had lived for 29 years.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Thomas F. Caldwell Papers, 1924-1969

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AP-0021
Content Description Papers and artifacts documenting Thomas F. Caldwell's time at the New York State Nautical School and subsequent maritime career. Highlights include Caldwell's daily log from the schoolship Newport in 1925 and a photographic portrait of Caldwell as a young graduate.
Dates: circa 1924-1969