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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

Fathom This March 2012 Newsletter

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


March, 2012
Issue #45

Peter Kasin
Park Ranger, Interpretation Division
Newsletter editor/writer

Contributors:
Dan Brogden
Archives Specialist

Lynn Cullivan
Management Assistant

Edward LeBlanc
Archives Specialist

Melani Van Petten
Library Friends Assistant

IN THIS ISSUE:

KLEBINGAT LECTURE SERIES; THE RESTORATION OF FREDA
PARK OPEN HOUSE
NEW WATERFRONT EXHIBIT PREVIEW OPENING AND RECEPTION
NEW ARCHIVES SPECIALIST DAN BROGDEN / EDWARD LeBLANC RETURNS
LINKS

Welcome to the March issue of Fathom This! and to an exciting month of special programs including a preview opening of a major new exhibit.


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KLEBINGAT LECTURE SERIES: THE RESTORATION OF FREDA
Tuesday, March 6, 6:00pm. In the Maritime Library, Fort Mason Center, Bldg. E, 3rd Floor. Donation: $5 general, $4 Maritime Library Friends and San Francisco Maritime National Park Association members. Information and reservations: 415-561-7040, or email. Wheelchair accessible.
Andrea Rey, Associate Director of the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center in Sausalito, will tell about the restoration of the Freda, a 32-ft. gaff sloop. Built in 1885, she is the oldest active sailing yacht on the West Coast, and is widely celebrated as the "Matriarch of San Francisco Bay." One of 60 gaff sloops built in the 19th century, today Freda is the only remaining boat of her kind in existence. Under the leadership of Bob Darr, Director of the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding, for the last five years, Freda has become a working classroom for students and visitors who wish to learn about the art and science of boatbuilding.

PARK OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, March 21, 4:30-6:30pm, in the General's residence (Historic Officers Club), upper Fort Mason. Free admission. Information: 415-561-7049. Wheelchair accessible.
Please join park staff for a public Open House in the General's Residence (Historic Officers Club) in Fort Mason. Discuss plans/projects with park staff, and provide feedback and comments. There is no set program - arrive at any time, and stay as long as you like. Information/discussion stations will include: Maritime Museum / Visitor Center updates, 1915 steam schooner Wapama, schooner C.A. Thayer, Municipal Pier, Maritime Library and museum collections, volunteers/docents/living History Program, and park partners.

NEW WATERFRONT EXHIBIT PREVIEW AND OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, March 22, 6:00pm, in the Visitor Center, 499 Jefferson Street, corner of Hyde Street. Free. Reservations (by March 17): 415-561-7007, or email. Wheelchair accessible.
The park salutes the waterfront history of San Francisco with a dazzling new exhibit! Listen to the voices of Yelamu Indians, stroll Fisherman's Wharf piers in the 1920s past trim Italian fishing boats. Eavesdrop on yarns told by sailors at a Barbary Coast saloon and experience much more as you walk through and take in all that this compelling exhibit offers. You are invited to the preview opening and reception at the Visitor Center.

NEW ARCHIVES SPECIALISTS
My name is Sean Brogden, but I go by my middle name (Dan). I'm 46 years old, divorced with three children (all grown). I retired from the U.S. Navy after 21 years of service in 2005, and went back to school at a small University in southeastern Ohio (Rio Grande U.) then Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia for my Masters degree in History. After graduation (last May) I got a job at the Carl Sandburg Home NHS in Flat Rock, NC and then applied for this position in the Archives at San Francisco Maritime NHP. My family is from the East Bay and I am currently looking for an apartment in SF. I've travelled all over Europe and the Middle East. I served in the 1st and 2nd Gulf War, and in Afghanistan (Not on the ground, thank God!), but on board ship. I was in charge of the combat systems on three Aegis Cruisers: The Yorktown, the Leyte Gulf, and the Vicksburg. I was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in 1999, and that was my highest rank in the Navy.

After eight months in Boston, Edward LeBlanc returns as an Archives Specialist. He has also worked at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, the Trenton Public library, NJ, and the Lambertville Public Library (also NJ). Edward hails from the Adirondack Mountains of NY, and resides in San Francisco.

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

www.maritime.org San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, the park's nonprofit member-supported cooperating association

www.library.nps.gov The Maritime Library's catalog.

www.museum.nps.gov/safr/page.htm The Maritime Museum catalog records.

www.maritimelibraryfriends.org The Maritime Library Friends, the library's nonprofit member-supported cooperating association.

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

www.corsair-viking.org The San Francisco Sea Scouts, the park's neighboring partner in Aquatic Park.

Did You Know?

The Grace Quan during sea trials in 2004.

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. She was built by San Francisco Maritime and California State park staff and volunteers in 2003. More...