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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

Fathom This August 2012 Newsletter

FATHOM THIS!
The monthly newsletter from
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

August, 2012
Issue # 50

Peter Kasin
Park Ranger, Interpretation and Visitor Services Division
Newsletter editor / writer

CONTRIBUTORS:

Jeffrey Morris
Preservation Shipwright

IN THIS ISSUE:
SEA MUSIC FESTIVAL
KENDRICK AND NEEDHAM SEA MUSIC CONCERT
C.A. THAYER DRY DOCK UPDATE
LINKS

Welcome to the August issue of Fathom This! from San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, your national park on San Francisco's historic waterfront. Experience your maritime heritage through guided tours, sailing on the Bay onboard the 1891 scow schooner Alma, and through the many programs the park has to offer. This August the park is presenting the Sea Music Festival, coinciding with events surrounding the America's Cup World Series. For more information on all the programs the park has to offer, please see the park's official website at www.nps.gov and the websites of the park's cooperating associations at www.maritime.org and www.maritimelibraryfriends.org

Admission to board the historic vessels berthed at Hyde Street Pier: $5, adults. Ages 15 and under, free (accompanied by an adult). Free with national park passes. Walking Hyde Street Pier, and entry to Visitor Center, Free. Information: 415-447-5000.

Maritime Library, located in Fort Mason Center, Bldg. E, 3rd Floor, hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 1pm - 4pm. Public access to documents by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 1pm - 4pm and the third Saturday of the month. Information: 415-561-7030.

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SEA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday, August 25. Pier and Visitor Center open 9:30am - 5:30pm. Music 10:30am - 5:00pm. Admission: Free to walk Hyde Street Pier. Ships boarding fees apply for music and activities onboard historic vessels: Adults, $5. Ages 15 and under, free. Free with national park passes. Information: 415-447-5000, or go to www.nps.gov/safr. All activities wheelchair accessible.
Join the park on Saturday, August 25, for a day and evening of sea music, during America's Cup World Series events! Performances will be at venues on Hyde Street Pier, onboard historic vessels, and in the Visitor Center Theater. Experience traditional and contemporary songs of the sea with The Johnson Girls, Shay Black, Holdstock and Macleod, Dan Milner, The Barbary Ghosts, Celeste Bernardo, Hank Cramer and Brian Maskew, Salty Walt, Amelia Hogan, Tell Yer Ma, Susan Walsh, Richard Adrianowicz, Melani Van Petten and Sarah Brody, and storyteller Cynthia Cudaback.

See Bay Area performers representing countries competing in America's Cup: Dance troupes Maori Mo Ake Tonu (dances of New Zealand's Maori) and The Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company, instrumental group Les Campagnards (French music) and touring from British Columbia, Canada, famed sea music singer, instrumentalist and songwriter Tom Lewis.

Listen to traditional Irish music performed by three of the Bay Area's finest young Irish instrumentalists and singers, The Jammy Dodgers. The festival will also feature up and coming young performers representing a new generation of singers: Miriam Rubenson, Jeremy Friedenthal, Avery Risling-Sholl, and the new sea music band Month's Advance.

Workshops in Irish, French, African American and Caribbean music, Songs New and Old, and a workshop devoted to emerging performers will be onboard the 1890 ferry Eureka. The park's costumed Living History Players will be on hand on the pier and onboard historic vessels.

For the schedule of performances and activities, including an evening chantey sing, plus bios and photos of the performers, please go to http://www.nps.gov/safr/

KEITH KENDRICK AND SYLVIA NEEDHAM SEA MUSIC CONCERT
Saturday, September 15, 8pm, onboard Balclutha. Tickets: $14 general, $12 members.* Tickets: http://www.maritime.org, or call 415-561-6662, or email Events@maritime.org. Seating is limited. Reserve your tickets now. Wheelchair accessible.
Two of Britain's finer performers of sea music in concert onboard the historic 1886 Glasgow-built sailing ship Balclutha! With strong voices and a striking harmony sound, Keith and Sylvia sing traditional and contemporary songs of the sea, accompanying themselves on concertina. "Breathtaking harmony work that leaves the listener gasping." --The Folk Mag.

C.A. THAYER DRY-DOCK UPDATE
The C.A. Thayer was towed from Hyde Street Pier to Bay Ship and Yacht on Wednesday, May 30 for regularly scheduled maintenance and to further her restoration. Bay Ship and Yacht will dub and fair the inboard faces of the frames, spile (that is to pattern), and fit the 4 inch "thin" ceiling, fabricate and scarph in the forward and after ends of the lower and upper sister keelsons, fabricate and fit the Pointer timbers, (two pair forward and one pair aft), fit the rudder blank that was made by shipwrights Ron Oakes and John Conway, (both now retired), service and attach the steering gear from the Wawona, reinstall Thayer's wheel and perform routine hull maintenance which includes caulking and paint.

Work began while the vessel was still in the water as soon as she arrived at the shipyard. The shipwrights began fairing the frame faces, spiling and fabricating the ceiling and sister keelsons. Caulkers horsed and re-pitched the deck caulking prior to haul out as well. The vessel was hauled up and out of the water on Thursday, June 19 and moved to position in the shipyard where the bulk of the work will take place.

The restorative work being done by the shipyard represents the last of the structural repairs to the hull that could not be completed during the 2004-2007 restoration phase. With this work done, the hull will be ready for the next phase of the restoration to begin -- the masting and rigging and building of the forward deck house. The fitting of the rudder and steering gear are a great symbolic feat helping the C.A. Thayer to transition from a passive barge to sailing ship! The vessel will be in dry-dock for a few more months.

Other Links
www.library.nps.gov The Maritime Library's catalog.
www.museum.nps.gov/safr/page.htm The Maritime Museum catalog records.
www.fullfathomcollections.blogspot.com Library and collections blog.
www.hydestreetlivinghistory.org Living History Program's volunteer created and managed website.

Did You Know?

The Grace Quan, a Chinese shrimp junk, sailing on San Francisco Bay.

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