• 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 closed for maintenance.

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

Plan Your Research Visit

The Maritime Research Center provides access to the library, archives and museum collections and encourages research in maritime history and humanities.

Fairy lassoing a seahorse

W.S. Gilbert's The "Bab" Ballads (Library Collection)

The Maritime Research Center is open by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 1pm-4pm. Appointments must be made at least twenty-four hours in advance. (Closed most federal holidays.) Please contact us to make an appointment with a reference librarian, for assistance with your research, or for more information.

Please consult our Collections FAQ for detailed information on our policies.

Directions: The Maritime Research Center is located on the third floor of Building E, in Fort Mason Center (also known as Lower Fort Mason), located near the intersection of Buchanan and Marina Blvd. (Entrance across from the Marina Safeway.) Building E is the easternmost warehouse building, near the Festival Pavilion and the Firehouse building. Or, to put it another way, the Library is located at 37° 48.4' N, 122° 25.8' W, as charted by volunteers Larry Kellogg and Doug Burrill.

Accessibility: The main reading room is wheelchair accessible.

Did You Know?

The last stop and turnaround point for the Powell/Hyde cable car line.

San Francisco Maritime is the only NPS site that has a cable car turnaround adjacent to the park. Riders disembark and workers push the cars around on the track to position them for the next journey back up steep Hyde Street.