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George M. Wauchope Papers, circa 1920s-1970s

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AP-0008

Contents of Collection

Correspondence and documents relate to the U.S. Maritime Service Training Station at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn (1942); the USS Hamblen (1945-1948); Farrell Lines (1953-1974); and various clubs and associations to which Wauchope belonged. Additionally, there are photographs (1920s through the 1970s); maps and pilot charts (1928-1940), and news clippings (1933-1964). The collection also contains four scrapbooks.


  • circa 1925-1978


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Appointments to examine materials must be made in advance. Please e-mail for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproductions may be provided to users to support research and scholarship. However, collection use is subject to all copyright laws. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Biographical Note

George Wauchope was born in Chicago in 1899. In 1918 he graduated from the New York Nautical School (now SUNY Maritime College). His Master's license was issued when he was 21, and he was given his first command at 23.

Wauchope joined the American Sourth African Line in October, 1923. He remained with that line after its purchase by the Farrell interests in 1925. He served as Master for 10 years and commanded the MV CITY OF NEW YORK, which was the flagship of Farrel Lines Inc.

After coming ashore in 1935 Wauchope's distinguished career with Farrell Lines continued. He was named a Director of the company in 1937, Executive Vice President in 1947, and President 1964-67. Wauchope retired in December 1967 but remained a Director and member of the Executive Committee until May, 1977.

In 1942, Wauchope was ordered to active duty as Commander, United States Naval Reserve. In 1943 he was promoted to the rank of Captain, and was appointed the First Commandant of the U.S. Maritime Service Training Station at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York. He was ordered to sea duty in 1943 to command the USS DuPAGE and later the USS HAMBLEN. His many decorations include a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Asiatic Pacific with seven stars, and Philippines Liberation with two stars.

For ten years Wauchope served, by appointment of the Governor of the State of New York, as Chairman of the Council of SUNY Maritime College. He was the third president of the National Cargo Bureau, a founder of the Monorovia (Liberia) Port Management Co. and its president for 11 years. He is a recipient of a number of decorations from the Republic of Liberia for service to that country.


1.75 Linear Feet (4 standard document boxes)


This collection consists of correspondence, news clippings, photographs, and scrapbooks documenting Wauchope's distinguished maritime career, including active duty during World War II.

Physical Location

Stephen B. Luce Library, SUNY Maritime College 6 Pennyfield Avenue Bronx, NY 10465 Telephone: (718) 409-7231

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was donated to the Stephen B. Luce Library by Mrs. Helen J. Wauchope (widow) on August 31, 1978.


Biographical information taken from obituary published by Farrell Lines Inc.
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The original finding aid for this collection has no author or date listed, but was most likely published in the late 1970s under the supervision of Stephen B. Luce Librarian Richard Corson. In May 2017, Archivist Annie Tummino migrated the finding aid into ArchivesSpace, refining the intellectual description in conformance with Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS).

Repository Details

Part of the Stephen B. Luce Library Repository

6 Pennyfield Avenue
Bronx NY 10465 United States
(718) 409-7231