- CATEGORY: DISTRIBUTION & TRANSPORTATION ARTIFACTS
- MEASUREMENTS: 20"H
- DATE MADE: 1937
Life jacket. Eight vertical planks of wood held in a gray canvas vest. Two sets of ties in front. Stenciled near front "PASSED / U.S. ASST INSPECTOR / [obscured] VESSEL / NEW ORLEANS, LA / NOV 9 1937 [obscured]". Stenciled on back "[torn] R [torn] / [torn]CLAIR". (presumably "HENRY SINCLAIR") Fourth tear on back. Oil stains throughout.
Used by the donor's husband, R. Lopez, merchant seaman, in 1943 when his ship, the HENRY SINCLAIR, was torpedoed and ten lives were lost during World War II. Mr. Lopez was saved by wearing the jacket. The on-line merchant marine database (www.usmm.org)
- ASSOCIATED INDIVIDUAL: Lopez, R.
- CREDIT LINE: Lopez, Opal