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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

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    Ferryboat EUREKA is closed for maintenance. The gangway that links the ship to the pier is being repaired.

The Voyages Curriculum

Collage of images on the cover of the Voyages curriculum.
The voyages of ships and boats link San Francisco with the region, the nation, and the world.

The people who have made these voyages shaped the nature of the city and defined its place in American history and culture.
The six lessons in this unit explore the connections between people, maritime history and the development of California.

The lessons are based on the artifacts, photographs and ideas found in the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. They relate directly to exhibits in the park visitor center.

These lessons can be used to enhance your visit to the park, and in the classroom. They connect to the California State Education Content Standards and Framework for Grades 4-6.
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What is it like at sea?

Sea Captain's Daughter lesson (pdf - 1.6MB)


Why voyage to San Francisco?

Gold Miner and his son lesson (pdf - 1.5MB)


How have voyages impacted San Francisco?

Cobbler and his son lesson (pdf - 1.4MB)


How are voyages connected to industry?

Fisherman's Daughter lesson (pdf - 1.7MB)


How do ships navigate from place to place at sea?

Navigator lesson (pdf - 1MB)


What has this light witnessed?

Lighthouse Family lesson (pdf - 1.4MB)

Did You Know?

The scow schooner ALMA, with white sails raised, sailing on SF Bay.

ALMA was built in 1891 in a little boatyard on the southernmost bay front of San Francisco, just north of Hunters Point Navy Yard. She mostly worked in the South Bay carrying salt from the southern salt ponds. She has been rebuilt several times and now sails on the Bay often, carrying passengers. More...