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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

Fathom This June 2012 Newsletter

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


June, 2012
Issue #48

CONTRIBUTORS:

Phillip Erwin
Ships Preservation Manager

Eve Vanderschmidt
Maritime Programs, San Francisco Maritime National Park Association

IN THIS ISSUE:
ALMA SAILING SEASON BEGINS
C.A. THAYER IN DRY-DOCK
NATIONAL GET OUTDOORS DAY
FLOATING FILMS SERIES
LINKS

ALMA SAILING SEASON BEGINS
June 2, 9, 16, 21, 28. Boarding begins 12:30 on Hyde Street Pier. Sail 1pm - 4pm. Tickets: $40 adults. $30 seniors 62 and over. $20 child. Ages 5 and under, free. Information and reservations: 415-447-5000.
Haul lines to raise sail with the Alma crew as you explore the Bay onboard this 60-foot scow schooner. Take in dazzling views and San Francisco's riveting history through Park Ranger talks on explorers, Native American Indians, the Barbary Coast, Fisherman's Wharf, and more! Before highways and bridges, the Alma was one of the floating "flatbed trucks" of her time. The last of her kind, the Alma will transport you to a long ago era in this hands-on educational sailing program. The Alma is Coast Guard certified, can carry 40 passengers, and is wheelchair accessible with assistance.

Rough conditions are possible. Be prepared for cold, wind, spray and bright sun. Life jackets are provided. Bring water (no alcohol permitted), snacks, hat, sunscreen, camera, binoculars, and a sense of adventure! Trip may be cancelled due to weather, or other safety concerns, at discretion of the captain.

C.A. THAYER IN DRY-DOCK
The historic lumber schooner C.A. Thayer left Hyde Street Pier on Wednesday, May 30 for a routine dry-docking at Bay Ship and Yacht, in Alameda. Work will include caulking the hull, and painting the hull above and below the water line.

Additionally, the Thayer is continuing her journey towards full restoration as we perform structural work in her hold. We will be completing the center line frame by fabricating and installing the remaining lower and upper sister keelsons. A "thin" (four inch thick) ceiling will be fitted and installed to completely close the inner hull. Enormous pointer timbers will be fitted and fastened near the stern apron and aft at the turn of the bilge. Future possible work includes installing the rudder and steering gear. Completion of this project will move the Thayer forward towards the park's goal of having her capable of sailing in 2016!

NATIONAL GET OUTDOORS DAY
Saturday, June 9, in all National Parks nationwide.
To encourage you to get outdoors, Saturday, June 9 has been declared - you guessed it - national Get Outdoors Day. This is a fee free day in national parks. Come visit your historic floating national park, and board the historic vessels at no charge!

FLOATING FILMS SERIES
Our popular movie series, "Floating Films" will return to the shelterdeck of the Balclutha from July through September. Put on your directors cap and send ideas for salty seafaring cinema to Events@Maritime.org. We will announce what's showing and all movie dates at www.maritime.org.

LINKS
http://www.nps.gov/safr San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

http://www.maritime.org San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, the park's cooperating association.

http://www.library.nps.gov The Maritime Library's catalog.

http://www.mueum.nps.gov/safr/page.htm The Maritime Museum catalog records.

http://www.maritimelibraryfriends.org The Maritime Library Friends, the park library's cooperating association.

http://www.hydestreetlivinghistory.org The park Living History Program's volunteer created and managed website.

Did You Know?

The scow schooner ALMA, with white sails raised, sailing on SF Bay.

ALMA was built in 1891 in a little boatyard on the southernmost bay front of San Francisco, just north of Hunters Point Navy Yard. She mostly worked in the South Bay carrying salt from the southern salt ponds. She has been rebuilt several times and now sails on the Bay often, carrying passengers. More...