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    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

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Cell Phone Audio Tours

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Use your phone as a portal to maritime history!

Listen to park rangers give two to three minute talks about the fantastic collection of historic ships, danger and adventure on the high seas, ship preservation, art and architecture, family life at sea, sailors and music, and much more.

Dial 415-294-6754 and enter the tour number and then # (pound sign). Tour numbers are listed below.

Stay connected during the entire tour, or hang up and call back. Your cell phone carrier will charge their usual rate for the minutes used in the 415 area code.

 
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The Maritime Voices cell phone audio tour is located along Hyde Street Pier. There are eight stops along the pier. At each stop you can listen to a variety of two to three minute programs narrated by park rangers. Here are the program names and tour numbers.

Forepier Stop
Orientation: A Portal into Maritime History 1
History Afloat 2
Houseboating: The Lewis Ark 3

Aquatic Park Stop
Swimmers in the Bay 4
Art & Architecture Aquatic Park: Form/Function 5
Creation of a National Park 6
Global Climate Change in the National Parks 7
Park Overview: From Sail to Steam - Bridging Oceans and Cultures 8

Eureka Stop
The Only Way Across the Bay 9
The Passenger Experience: Culture of Its Own 10
Steam Juggernaut 11

Thayer Stop
A Story of Survival 12
Born Again: Restoration of the C.A.Thayer 13
Good Wood: Preserving Ships and Forests 14
Sail, Steam, and Self Reliance 15

Eppleton Hall Stop
Survival of an Underdog 16
On the Inside 17

Balclutha Stop
A Memorial to the Grand Age of Sail 18
Danger and Adventure on the High Seas 19
Charting a Musical Course Through Maritime History 20
Families At Sea 21
A World of Interconnection 22

Hercules Stop
The Last of Her Kind 23
The Good and the Bad: Life Aboard Hercules 24
Power and Danger 25

Alma and Small Craft Stop
A Local Lifeline 26
More Alive than Ever! 27
Significance of Small Craft 28

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Click here for a map showing the program locations on the pier. (PDF, 260KB)

 
The tour number and text for each tour is listed below as a PDF file. (The PDF file sizes range from 52 KB to 76KB and should not take long to load on your computer.)

1. Orientation: A Portal Into Maritime History
2. History Afloat
3. Houseboating: The Lewis Ark
4. Swimmers in the Bay
5. Art & Architecture in Aquatic Park: Form and Function
6. Creation of a National Park
7. Global Climate Change in the National Parks
8. Park Overview: From Sail to Steam, Bridging Oceans and Cultures
9. The Only Way Across the Bay
10. The Passenger Experience: A Culture of Its Own
11. Steam Juggernaut
12. A Story of Survival
13. Born Again: The Restoration of the C. A. Thayer
14. Good Wood: Preserving Ships and Forests
15. Sail, Steam, and Self Reliance
16. Survival of an Underdog
17. On the Inside
18. A Memorial to the Grand Age of Sail
19. Danger and Adventure on the High Seas
20. Charting a Musical Course Through Maritime History
21. Families At Sea
22. A World of Interconnection
23. The Last of Her Kind
24. The Good and the Bad: Life Aboard Hercules
25. Power and Danger
26. A Local Lifeline
27. More Alive Than Ever!
28. Significance of Small Craft



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