Where Your Imagination Can Travel to the 19th Century

Stand on the stern of BALCLUTHA, face west to feel the fresh wind blowing in from the Pacific Ocean. Located in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history.

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A historic photo of the bow section of a 19th century full-rigged sailing ship.

The Historic Ships

Discover the collection of historic vessels at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

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A painted mural depicting a sailing ship being greeted by men paddling tule reed canoes.

Maritime Cultural Contributions

Hispanic Heritage Month Happenings: September 15 - October 15

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Set your sights on what's happening at the park

Click on the link below for a listing of park events and programs.

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27th Annual Sea Music Concert Series This Fall

Experience the beauty of chanteys and seafaring ballads aboard the historic square-rigger Balclutha on October 24, and November 21.

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Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Get outside and exercise in the park. First Saturday of every month, rain or shine, 10am-noon. Free ranger-led walks. 10/3, 11/7, 12/5, and 1/2/2016.

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Scow schooner ALMA sailing on San Francisco Bay.

Go Sailing on San Francisco Bay

Sail San Francisco Bay aboard the 1891 National Landmark scow schooner ALMA!

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We've Gone Social!

Please check out our social media. See you online, and in the park!

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A painting of a full-rigged ship in stormy seas called LEE SHORE by W. A. Coulter. SAFR5332

Discover Our Collections

Discover the largest museum collection in the NPS. Extensive library, archival, small craft and object collections are available for research.

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A black and white photo of two boys and a dog standing on the deck of a 19th century sailing ship.

Mascots at Sea

Animals have always been important members of a ship's crew. Dogs, cats, parrots...but would you believe monkeys, polar bears, pigs, and goats?!

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