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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

Fathom This December 2012 Newsletter

The monthly newsletter from San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

December, 2012
Issue #54

Peter Kasin
Park Ranger, Interpretation Division
Newsletter editor/writer

Norman Coy, Park Guide, Interpretation Division


Welcome to December at the Park, and to the holiday issue of Fathom This! Join us for the park's special Christmas programs for all ages, experience the "The Waterfront" exhibit in the Visitor Center, the restored WPA-era murals in the Maritime Museum, and research your seafaring heritage in the Maritime Library. Fathom This! is sent monthly. Feel free to forward it, in whole or in part, and enter it into blogs. To receive it, or to cancel, please contact the editor at peter_kasin@nps.gov. Your name and email address is never loaned or sold.

Saturday, December 8, 3:00 - 4:45pm. Aboard Balclutha. Ships admission fees apply: $5 adults, ages 15 and under, free. Free with national park passes. Wheelchair accessible. Information: 415-447-5000.
This special holiday celebration features live music by the Dogwatch Nautical Band performing chanteys and sea songs with a holiday twist, refreshments, ornament making, a reading of a popular Christmas story, and a special visit from Santa Claus, who has booked his trip to San Francisco and will arrive by boat to the park. As the band concludes its performance, park ranger Carol Kiser will read from The Night Before Christmas. Right after, we expect Santa's arrival (around 4:20) and he will listen to children's wishes until the celebration ends at 4:45.

Saturday, December 8, 6:00pm - 9;00pm, on Hyde Street Pier and aboard historic vessels. Wheelchair accessibility varies. Information on program, accessibility and reservations: 415-447-5000.
The park's costumed Living History players present the annual old Time Maritime Christmas, bringing maritime history to life in this unique holiday program. Turn back the clock to Christmas in the year 1901, where you will meet and talk with captains, wives, passengers and crews aboard historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier. Lamplit guided tours by costumed night watchmen leave every 20 minutes from the pier entrance from 6;00pm with the last tour beginning 7:40pm. With the lights of San Francisco twinkling in the background, the historic ships and costumed characters offer a memorable holiday experience!

We welcome two new Park Guides to our interpretive team, Norm Coy and Daniel Rosenberg. Park Guides conduct interpretive programs and staff the Hyde Street Pier ticket booth.
Norm Coy is a California native who recently arrived at the park to learn about the origins of the Golden State and its rich maritime history. Graduating from Humboldt State University with a degree in resource Planning and Interpretation prompted him to explore a variety of positions with the National Park Service, the most recent of which was a most rugged assignment as a backcountry ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park. Norm is looking forward to expanding his horizons in 20th Century naval history as he moves along the waterfront to encompass the WWII Liberty ship USS Jeremiah O'Brien and the WWII submarine USS Pampanito in the coming months.

Did You Know?

The restored lumber schooner CA Thayer at Hyde Street Pier.

The 1895-built lumber schooner C. A. Thayer returned to Hyde Street Pier at San Francisco Maritime NHP in 2007 after an extended dry-docking to rebuild her hull. Twenty percent of her older timbers were saved and the rebuilding of her deckhouses is underway. More...