Earhart Project Research Bulletin #9
|Fred Noonan, Sea Captain|
This summary of Fred Noonan’s seafaring career was compiled by Jerry Hamilton, TIGHAR member #2128, from primary source official documents. Where the information presented below differs from that presented in various books about Amelia Earhart – including basic facts such as Noonan's birthdate and the spelling of his first name – the books are wrong. As far as we know, this is the first time anywhere that this information and the photos included here have been assembled and presented in a public forum.
Frederick Joseph Noonan, born April 4, 1893 in Cook County, Illinois.
Height – Six feet and one-quarter inch. Eyes – blue Hair – auburn Weight – 163 lbs (1917) Complexion – ruddy
Scar at base of left thumb. Protrusion on forehead over right eye.
Summer – FN said he “left school in summer of 1905 and went to Seattle, Washington.”
|190?||Bark Hecla – Shipped to West Coast S.A. (probably South America) as ordinary seaman.|
|1910||Bark Crompton – June 22-Nov. 23. Shipped to Ireland from Seattle. Rated AB. McVicker Marshall, Liverpool owners.|
|1910 & 11||Custodian – Dec. 16-April 28. Rated AB. Harrison Line, Liverpool owners.|
|1911||Musician – May 1-July 12. Rated AB and QM. Harrison Line, Liverpool owners.|
|1911 & 12||Barkentine
Aurora – Aug. 8-April 21. Shipped to West Coast S.A. from
Port Townsend, Washington (an American ship). Rated AB. Charles Nelson,
San Francisco owners.
Schooner J. W. Clise – Shipped on American schooner from Port Townsend to Chile.
|1913||Bark Islamount – April 30-Nov.19. Shipped on Liverpoll [sic] bark from Callao, Peru to Antwerp. Rated AB. Robert Thomas, Liverpool owners.|
|1913 & 14||British
Steamer Corinthian – Dec.11-July 2. Shipped from London to
Canada. Rated QM and B’Mate. Allan Line, Glasgow owners.
Competitor – Shipped from Montreal to Cardiff, Wales.
|1914 & 15||Haydn – Nov.14-April 15. Shipped from Cardiff to Singapore. Rated AB. Unknown owners, Whitby England.|
20. Rated QM and B’Mate. Allan Line, Glasglow owners.
Roturua – June 22-Oct. 18. Rated QM. New Zealand Shipping Company, owners.
SS Pannonia – Nov. 2-Dec. 20. Rated B'Mate. Cunard Line.
|1916||Bark Timandia – Jan. 14-July 6. American ship from Boston to “Buenas
Ayres.” Rated AB. Boston Lumber Co.
British steamer Carracas – July 12-Dec. 9. From New York to Valparaiso. Rated 3rd Mate. WR Grace & Co.
SS New York – Shipped on American ship from NY to Liverpool.
|1917||January 14 – Arrived at NY on the New York. “Sail
on Br. Vessel for France on Monday or Tuesday next. Don’t know the name of
vessel. Am shipping with Dunphy Keegan, shipping agents.
January 20 – Description Of Applicant form. Provides physical description of Fred and is sworn to by William King of Waco, TX. who also says he knew FN for 2 years.
January 20 – Duplicate application for Seaman’s Certification Of American Citizenship (#730). Addressed to Collector Of Customs, Port of NY. Says he has been employed as seaman since 1905.
Bark Rhine – Jan. 31-Dec. 27. Rated AB. Boston Lumber Co.
|1918||January 3 – Notarized document from NY. Fred
attests his residence (25 South St, NY) and birth date/place. He further
swears that he was issued a Certificate of American Citizenship, serial No.
730, which has been lost. The details are stated as, “On or about the
22nd day of January 1917 I signed on the S/S Cairnhill and was on board two days. When the
S/S Cairnhill sailed I was on shore and missed the ship. On her voyage
to Europe she was torpedoed and sank and every thing was lost including my
passport.” He further asks for a duplicate certificate.
January 3 – Issued Seaman’s Certificate (#44386) Of American Citizenship (Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Navigation) to replace original lost on torpedoed vessel.
Bark Launberga – Jan. 16-Sept. 13. Rated 2nd Mate. American Union Line, NY. (His record said 1/16/16 ?)
|1919||Bark Ben More – Sept. 17-Dec. 17. Rated Bosun. Unknown, NY.|
|1920||Western (?) Star – March 27-July 6.
Rated AB. USSB.
Sallust – July 16-Oct. 2. Rated Bosun. Lamport & Holt.
SS Freeport Sulphur #6 – Oct.10-Oct. 27. Rated Bosun. Freeport Sulphur Company, owners.
|1920 & 21||West Hampton – Nov. 2-Mar. 2. Rated
Bosun. USSB, owners.
Feb. 15 – Issued license #26862, Class 2nd Mate from Galveston, TX.
March 21 – Application for officer’s berth by FN. Current position given as 2nd Mate aboard Lake Otsquago. Residence listed as 1821 Avenue E, Galveston, TX. Currently holding 2nd Mate Ocean certificate dated 2/15/21, never suspended. Apprenticed with Sail & Steam line. Last position held was Boatswain with West Hampton (USSB owners). Left due to vessel being laid up. Sea service particulars attached.
Lake Otsquago – March 21-June 10. Rated 2nd Mate. United States Shipping Board, Ward Line.
Covena – Aug. 6-Oct. 17. Rated 2nd Mate. USSB, Lykes Brothers.
Lake Falama – Oct. 18-Nov. 10. Rated 3rd Mate. USSB, Ward Line.
|1922 & 23||West Cheswald – Mar. 6-Mar. 31. Rated 3rd Mate. USSB, Mississippi
West Kasson – April 2-June 5. Rated 3rd Mate. USSB, Miss. SC.
Eastern Victor – June 10-Nov. 27. Rated 2nd Mate. USSB, Miss. SC.
Nov. 12 – Issued license #31266, Class Chief Mate from Galveston, TX.
December 11 – Official review of “F. J. Noonan, 1st Mate Officer, aboard SS Eastern Victor”. Report dated 11/23/1923 and submitted by H S Chase. Noonan ability rated Bright American Seaman. Ship rated Good. Form indicates ratings choices are good, fair, or poor. Made in Philadelphia.
|1924||Carplaka – Feb. 20-Oct. 14. Rated 3rd Mate. USSB, Miss. SC.|
|1924 & 26||Lorraine Cross – Oct. 15-May 29. Rated
2nd Mate. USSB, Miss. SC.
December 30, 1924 – Official review of “F. Noonan, 3rd Mate Officer, aboard SS Carplaka.” Report dated 10/24/1924 and submitted by J F Paige (Manager, Operating Dept.). Noonan ability rated Good – American. Ship rated Good. Form indicates ratings choices are good, fair, or poor. Made in New Orleans?
Jan. 26, 1926 – Issued license #99065, Class Master from New Orleans, LA.
|1926 & 27||Carplaka – May 30-Sept. 23. Rated Chief Mate. USSB, Miss. SC.|
|1927 & 28||Irona – Oct.
7-May 25. Rated 3rd Mate. United Fruit Company.
USSB Reserve Fleet – May 28-Nov. 3. Rated Assistant Shipkeeper.
West Segovia – Nov. 30-?. Rated Chief Mate. USSB, Miss. SC.
|1931||Feb. 13 – Issued license #121190, Class Master any ocean from New Orleans, LA.|