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    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 »

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Kenichi Hori, standing on the deck of his sailboat the MERMAID, arriving in San Francisco in 1962 after making a non-stop solo crossing of the Pacific Ocean.
Kenichi Horie, standing on the deck of his sailboat the MERMAID, arriving in San Francisco on August 12, 1962 after completing a non-stop, solo crossing of the Pacific Ocean.
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Kenichi Horie and the Mermaids
By Stephen Canright, Park Curator, Maritime History
 
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On August 12, 1962 Kenichi Horie sailed into San Francisco Bay. This is his sailboat resting on a trailer on Hyde Street Pier. The Small Boat Shop employees and volunteers are working on refurbishing her. The blue masking tape will help with laying on fresh coats of paint.
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Chinese workers unloading rice packaged in matting from a wagon. The goods were then loading on to the sailing vessel adjacent to the dock. The photo was taken in San Francisco during April 1906. A12.24365

Chinese workers unloading rice packaged in matting from a wagon. The goods were then loaded aboard the sailing vessel adjacent to the dock. The photo was taken in San Francisco during April 1906.

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Asians In the Salmon Canning Industry

By Stephen Canright, Park Curator, Maritime History

 
The crew of the British ship Rathdown photographed in San Francisco in 1892. K9.28,157nl

The crew of the British ship Rathdown photographed in San Francisco in 1892.

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Thomas C. Fleming, 22 years old, in 1929.

Thomas C. Fleming, 22 years old, in 1929.

Photo courtesy of Max Millard

Black Newsman Went to Sea on the Admiral Line
 
Two lions dance on Hyde Street Pier.

Lion Dancers dispel bad spirits and entertain visitors to bring in the Chinese New Year on Hyde Street Pier.

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Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration

 
The Fort Ross yawl ready to launch from the highwire rig. P84-002.2n

The Fort Ross yawl ready to launch from the highwire rig.

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Six Small Boats: Representative Gems in the Park's Collection

An article by Stephen Canright, Curator of History

 
Packing up the boat. The adventure begins.

Packing up the boat. The adventure begins.

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Small Boat Odyssey: A Journey From Breakers to Sloughs

An article by Jason Rucker, Small Craft Assistant

 
 
 
 
A woman on a sailing ship taking a sight with a sextant.
Mrs. Hansen, the captain's wife, taking a sight with a sextant.
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One end of a sailor's sea chest with a rope handle attached to the side.

A fancy becket or ropework handle, made by Ali Maheu, attached to a sailor's sea chest.

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Fancy Knotwork: Becoming Entwined

An essay by Ali Maheu, Deckhand, Facilities and Ship's Division

Did You Know?

A white marking painted on the port side of Balclutha with letters and lines.

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...