Everett St. John Papers

Manuscripts Collection 326

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G.W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: St. John, Everett (dates)
Title: Everett St. John Papers
Dates: 1916 – 1977
Extent: c. 150 pieces
Abstract: Plans for marine instruments and vessels, correspondence, and research of Everett St. John, a twentieth century marine instrument and small craft designer based in southern Connecticut.
Identification: Coll. 326

Biography of Everett St. John

Everett St. John designed marine instruments and small watercraft in southern Connecticut during the first half of the twentieth century.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Everett St. John Papers are composed of the plans for the various marine instruments and small craft designed by St. John, as well as his correspondence, research, and other related papers. The Papers series contains the correspondence, a patent for the St. John Cleat, an application for a boating license, a membership card to the Steam Automobile Club of American, a manuscript of an article by St. John, some drawings and photographs of small watercraft, and various brochures about watercraft that were possibly used in St. John’s research. The Plans series contains marine instrument and small craft designs by St. John, as well as one design by Wiliam Atkin and on oversized design by C. Raymond Hunt.

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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division.

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division.

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Related Material

Blueprints of ship designs have been transferred to the Ships’ Plans department.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.


Atkin, William
Hunt, C. Raymond
St. John, Everett

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Douglas & McLeod, Inc.


East Lyme (Conn.)
Norwalk (Conn.)


Boats and boating — Designs and plans

Document Types:

Boats and boating–Designs and plans
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Marine drawing, American
Membership cards
Patents–U.S. Photographs


Boat designers
Inventors, American

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 326, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Papers; 1935 – 1977
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence; 1947 Mar 11 – 1970 Jul. 27 (29 pieces)
2 Patent: St. John Cleat; 1951 – 1954 (9 pieces)
3 Boating license application; 1942 Jan 24 (1 piece)
4 Steam Automobile Club of America membership card; n.d. (1 piece)
5 Photographs of vessels; n.d. (3 pieces)
6 Miscellaneous drawings; 1935, n.d. (3 pieces)
7 “The Snipper Rig,” by Everett St. John, manuscript and published clipping; 1936 May (16 pieces)
8 Clipping; n.d. (1 piece)
9 Pamphlet: “Rigs of the NIne Principle Types of American Sailing Vessels,” by Charles G. Davis and the Marine Research Society; 1937 (1 pieces)
10 Pamphlet: “The St. Lawrence River Skiff,” by John Gardner; c. 1977 (1 piece)
11 Pamphlets: Thistle and Highlander designs by Douglass & McLeod, Inc.; c. 1953-1954 (12 pieces)
12 Pamphlets: Miscellaneous pamphlets on small craft and marine equipment; n.d. (18 pieces)
Plans; 1916 – 1969
Box Folder
1 13 Plans: Twin detachable canoe motor; 1916 Dec 16 (3 pieces)
14 Plans: Electric windshield cleaner; 1920 Aug. 2 (1 piece)
15 Plans: Amphibous Dinghy; 1946 (4 pieces)
16 Plans: St. John Cleat; 1958 May (25 pieces)
17 Plans: Sinjin double plow anchor; 1967 Oct 24 (1piece)
18 Plans: Sinjin wishbone; 1967 Nov. 21 (2 pieces)
19 Plans: Sinjin 1/4 inch shackle; 1967 Dec. 14 (2 piece)
20 Plans: Sinjin removable pin; 1968 Jan. 3 – 1968 Feb. 17 (2 pieces)
21 Plans: Anti-theft car lock; 1969 Dec. 22 (3 pieces)
22 Plans: Double ender, by William Atkin; 1935 Apr (7 pieces)
Box Folder
OV Oversized plans: Unidentified machine, by E. St. John; Fore-square Highlander, by E. St. John (4 copies); National 210 Class, by C. Raymond Hunt; 1919, 1954, n.d. (6 pieces)

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