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

    San Francisco Maritime

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March is Women's History Month

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Date: February 23, 2009
Contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7170

Please join us for these events and programs at the park during Women's History Month.

Ashore and at sea, women found opportunity for employment, responsibility, and heroism. National Park staff present programs spotlighting the contributions women have made to maritime history since the 19th century.

Women Who Changed Maritime History – A Photographic Exhibit
Daily, throughout the month of March, 9:30am-5pm, in the park Visitor Center at 499 Jefferson Street. FREE.
Photo exhibition illustrating the significant impact women have had on maritime history.

Living History Players: Suffragette March and Ladies Salon
Saturday, March 14: Suffragettes at 12 noon and 3pm on Hyde Street Pier; Ladies Salon at 2pm aboard the Ark houseboat. FREE.
The year is 1901. Experience a costumed living history reenactment of a suffragette march in support of votes for women! Cheer or jeer the activists as they walk down Hyde Street Pier!  Join a salon of Victorian women for a  “Tea with the Ladies” to discuss the issues of the day.

Women at Sea
Sundays, March 15 and 29, 3pm, aboard Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier. Vessel admission, under 16 free.
During the Age of Sail, the feminine presence was not part of a ship's crew. However, at times the captain would bring along his wife and daughters, which created a family atmosphere. Examine family life at sea on this ranger-guided tour through Balclutha.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes a fleet of historic ships, the Maritime Museum in the Aquatic Park Bathhouse building, Visitor Center, and Maritime Library, and offers both regular programs and special events. For more information about the park, or its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/safr

Did You Know?

Three sailors posing and the man on the left is holding a small dog.

Animals once served as important members of a ship's crew. Even though many of them worked to control pests or provide food, their main function was to serve as ship's mascot. The dogs, cats, birds, monkeys, and even bear cubs that went to sea as mascots, can often be seen in formal crew portraits. More...