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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

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  • Hyde Street Pier Closed Mondays through Thursdays (July 24 - August 20)

    For public safety, Hyde Street Pier will be closed mid-pier Mondays - Thursdays from July 24 - August 20 during replacement of Eureka's mooring piles. There is no access to the historic ships. The visitor center, Maritime Museum & Aquatic Park are open. More »

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 note: the Research Center will be closed on Thursday, July 31, 2014. 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 Balclutha, a sailing ship, built in 1886, now resides at Hyde Street Pier.

The resources of San Francisco Maritime NHP include five National Historic Landmark vessels. 1886 square-rigger Balclutha, 1890 steam ferryboat Eureka, 1891 scow schooner Alma, 1895 schooner C.A. Thayer, and 1907 steam tug Hercules. More...