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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • Hyde Street Pier Closed Mondays through Thursdays (July 24 - August 20)

    For public safety, Hyde Street Pier will be closed mid-pier Mondays - Thursdays from July 24 - August 20 during replacement of Eureka's mooring piles. There is no access to the historic ships. The visitor center, Maritime Museum & Aquatic Park are open. More »

14th Annual National Public Lands Day

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
Date: September 13, 2007
Contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7123

Free Admission To Board Historic Ships On National Public Lands Day!

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park celebrates annual event on September 29, 2007with free entry and special programming from 9:30am-5:00pm, at the Hyde StreetPier and VisitorCenter.

Hands-On Learning and Volunteerism Highlighted!


Celebrate the 14th annual National Public Lands (NPL) Day on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park with free admission to board the magnificent historic ships at Hyde Street Pier! One-third of America is publicly owned, and this event honors the incredible diversity of our nation’s National Parks and other public lands. All are invited to the park to deepen your understanding of maritime heritage through a variety of free programming.


This special day also promotes public stewardship through volunteerism – integral to the care of America’s natural and cultural resources. Last year 100,000 volunteers throughout the country built trails and bridges, planted native trees, removed trash and invasive plants, as well as numerous other projects at 1,100 locations.


San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park volunteers will be on hand to showcase maritime arts, trades, and skills. Volunteers contribute to the work of this park through ship preservation efforts and educational presentations for the public. Find out how you can sign up to volunteer!


Admission at many federal sites is free on NPL Day. This includes land managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Forest Service. Both the Department of Interior and Department of Agriculture are committed to promoting citizen stewardship of public lands and increasing volunteer opportunities.


San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes a fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, and library. The park offers both regular programs and special events. For more information, call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/safr. Images are available at http://www.nps.gov/safr/photosmultimedia/photogallery.htm. (Note: the Maritime Museum at 900 Beach Street is closed for renovation.)

Did You Know?

The stern of the THAYER showing two rectangular-shaped openings.

Loading ports are small, watertight doors in a ship's hull that lead directly into the hold. Lumber could be more easily loaded into the hold through these ports rather than through the smaller hatches on the deck. These ports had to be caulked shut before the ship put to sea. More...