• A section of the bowsprint and figurehead on the bow of BALCLUTHA.

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September 05, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Christine

We've Gone Social


My lunch buddy

June 17, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Christine

Decided to eat lunch on the bleachers that overlook the Aquatic Park cove and SF Bay. I had some company.


The summer edition of THE MARITIME NEWS

May 31, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Christine

This summer we are getting ready for the America's Cup race on SF Bay. The big boys will be racing catamarans but check out our catamaran design in the PAGE FOR KIDS section. Page 4 in THE MARITIME NEWS.


Fun Facts About Western Gulls

May 09, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Christine

See my gull friend on the end of Hyde Street Pier


Snowy Egrets on Aquatic Park beach

April 23, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Christine

Snowy Egrets on Aquatic Park beach


What do you feed a steaming donkey?

April 05, 2013 Posted by: Christine, Amy and Rejane

Are you interested in steam power? Then Hyde Street Pier is the place for you.


Morning at Aquatic Park

March 08, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Christine

In the morning at Aquatic Park near the Maritime Museum. Park employee power washing the bleachers. Taken a couple days ago by our park photographer.


National African American History Month, February 1-28, 2013

January 23, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Christine

Check out these activities in the park


See a piece of once-buried Gold Rush history in the museum

January 14, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Christine

NIANTIC, a Gold Rush-era sailing ship lay buried at the intersection of Clay and Sansome streets in downtown San Francisco for many years.


Rope and Line and Wire..Oh My!

January 07, 2013 Posted by: Stephen Canright inspired this post

Does the term "wire rope" sound a little bit confusing? Well hang onto your socks, and maybe we can get you really confused.


Bird Walk With a Park Ranger

December 07, 2012 Posted by: Ranger Christine

Bird walk around the park. All ages welcome, free. December 15, 10am, pier. More info: 415-447-5000.



November 16, 2012 Posted by: Park Guide Kristal Ip

Have you met one of San Francisco’s oldest and most infamous residents yet? You will find that this particular resident is usually chilly and a little wet.


BALCLUTHA and clouds

October 25, 2012 Posted by: Ranger Christine

BALCLUTHA and clouds in the morning


Image Map Fun

October 11, 2012 Posted by: Ranger Christine

Clicking on these different images will take you to some new pages on our website!


Shakespeare on Hyde Street Pier

September 14, 2012 Posted by: Christine Baird

The We Players are back and performing TWELFTH NIGHT during September and early October on the pier.


Fancy Knotwork

July 09, 2012 Posted by: Christine Baird

Deckhand Ali Maheu began by learning how to tie all the common knots, bends, hitches and lashings. Now she keeps the marlinespike arts alive producing quality decorative and practical knotwork.


Beach of many uses

June 26, 2012 Posted by: Christine Baird

This unique strip of sand in the big city attracts all types.


Visiting Hyde Street Pier

June 19, 2012 Posted by: Christine Baird

A wooden railing runs along both sides of Hyde Street Pier. It is a wonderful walk out to the end of the pier and the railing is a good place to lean and take in the spectacular view of the Bay, Marin Headlands, and the Golden Gate Bridge (and much more). We ask visitors not to climb or sit on the rails for their safety but we make an exception for the above (frequent) visitors.


Did You Know?

The stern of the THAYER showing two rectangular-shaped openings.

Loading ports are small, watertight doors in a ship's hull that lead directly into the hold. Lumber could be more easily loaded into the hold through these ports rather than through the smaller hatches on the deck. These ports had to be caulked shut before the ship put to sea. More...