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?
This "Plimsoll Mark" is painted on the port side of Balclutha and named for Samuel Plimsoll, an Englishman who fought to pass the Merchant Shipping Act of 1876. Before this law, many ships were dangerously overloaded and many sank. These “coffin ships” claimed the lives of many sailors. More...