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Celebrate Women's History Month

Photograph of Captain and Mrs. Durkee.
Captain Durkee and his wife Alice.
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News Release Date: February 18, 2010
Contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7049

CELEBRATE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH AT SAN FRANCISCO MARITIME NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK!
 
Come and march along in the fourth annual Suffragette March reenactment with the Living
History Players. Join a ranger-guided tour and learn about the wives and children who lived
aboard ships like the Balclutha.  Discover the stories of lighthouse keeper families, shipyard workers, a San Francisco Bar pilot, tugboat captains, and much more, told through exhibits in the Visitor Center. Displays and programs are held throughout the month of March.

EXHIBIT: WOMEN WHO CHANGED MARITIME HISTORY
Daily, throughout March, 9:30am-5:00pm. In the Visitor Center. Free admission.
A photograph exposition illustrating the often overlooked impact women have had on maritime
history.

SUFFRAGETTE MARCH AND LADIES SALON
Saturday, March 13, noon and 3pm. On Hyde Street Pier and in the Ark houseboat. No fee.
Turn back the clock to 1901 and experience a costumed reenactment of a suffragette march in
support of votes for women. At 2:00pm, join a salon of Victorian women as they discuss issues
of the day. Come voice your opinion!

WOMEN AT SEA
Sundays, March 14 and 28, 3pm-3:45pm. Aboard Balclutha, at Hyde Street Pier.Vessel admission: $5 adults, ages 15 and under, free. Free with national park passes.
During the Age of Sail, the feminine presence was rarely part of a ship’s crew. However, at times the captain would bring along his wife and daughters, which created a family atmosphere.
Discover family life at sea on this ranger-guided tour through the historic three-masted sailing
ship Balclutha.


San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, in San Francisco. The park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, visitor center, Aquatic Park Historic District, and library. 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.      
                               
                                                  

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

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