This is the Merry Bear, part of the park’s small craft collection. She was built at the Nunes Boatyard in Sausalito in 1931, and is the first Bear Boat. Bear Boats are the first class of sloop* yachts designed and built to sail on San Francisco Bay.
Chinese Shrimp Junk Project
In 2003 employees and volunteers from San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and China Camp State Park in Northern California, built a replica of a Chinese Shrimp Junk and named it Grace Quan.
The Grace Quan is a replica of the type of fishing vessel used throughout the Bay Area by Chinese shrimp fishing companies between 1860 and 1910.
Did You Know?
The 19th Century sailing ship Balclutha, moored at San Francisco Maritime NHP, carried tons of coal during her career. Coal from Wales and Australia provided fuel for the West Coast's railroads, steamships, factories, businesses and homes.