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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

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Maritime Classes at the Park

Color illustration of a small rowing boat on a beach.
Illustration by Amy Hosa, instructor for the Maritime Sketchbook in Color class
Illustration by Amy Hosa

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News Release Date: February 21, 2007
Contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7123

Come down to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s Hyde Street Pier for hands-on classes in sailing, traditional boatbuilding, and maritime crafts. Experienced instructors create a fun and interesting learning environment. Limited enrollment – sign up today by calling Lucas Lineback at (415) 561-6662. For prerequisites, tool lists, and more detailed class information, please visit www.maritime.org/cal-boat.htm.

On the Water

Pelican racing series: Tuesdays, April 17—May 24. 6pm-dark. Fee: $40
Try out your racing skill in a San Francisco Pelican. This informal racing series is a favorite!

Small Boat Sailing: April 22, 23, 29, 30. Adults (18 and over) and Youth (12-18). Fee: $150
Learn small boat sailing theory and practical skills.

ChinaCampState Park Trip: Aug 25, 26.
Join us on a voyage to China Camp State Park in San Rafael (birthplace of the San Francisco Bay shrimp junk Grace Quan), coinciding with the State Park’s Heritage Days Weekend. After sailing to the China Camp beach, enjoy the cultural events and celebrations and the lovely park.

In the Boat Shop

Small Craft Collection Tour: May 5, August 11, November 3. Fee: Free
A curator will take you behind the scenes to discuss the design/construction of nearly 100 small boats.

Introduction to Bronze Casting: June 9, 10 (Limit to 12 people). Fee: $100
Build your own melting furnace and create a variety of boat hardware.

Oar, Paddle & Spar Making: June 30, July 1 and July 7, 8. Fee: $125
Learn to use a variety of tools to craft an elegant paddle, spar, or pair of oars.

Maritime Sketchbook on Hyde Street Pier: Saturday, August 18, 9am-5pm. Fee: $95 Bring simple sketches to life with watercolor washes, and a maritime color palette. Tips and demonstrations on sketching the waterfront: depicting moving water and reflections, identifying boats and ships, and capturing the character of piers and pilings. All levels welcome. Accessible.                         

Diesel Engine Maintenance: Saturday, October 27 Fee: $100
Learn how to maintain and troubleshoot marine diesel engines.

These educational programs are presented in cooperation with the non-profit San Francisco Maritime National Park Association. For more information about the Association, please visit their homepage at http://www.maritime.org.

Did You Know?

Balclutha moored at the pier with a modern container ship passing behind her.

A modern container ship slips behind Balclutha on its way to port. Ocean routes are still the major highways of the world. Balclutha, moored at San Francisco Maritime NHP, was an ocean-going cargo ship for 43 years, between 1886 and 1929.