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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

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  • 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 »

Docent Crew

If Ships Could Speak:
An Introduction to Interpretation at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park


Are you interested in becoming a volunteer docent at the park? This training course will introduce participants to maritime history and the art of presenting educational programs. Learn the stories preserved by the park's collection of authentic 19th century vessels, and chart a course as a steward of this unique "floating national park." Once trained, docents will share their knowledge with park visitors through formal educational programs and informal contacts.

The three-day training will take place at the park on Sundays, April 27, 10:00am-4:00pm, and May 4, 11:00am-4:00pm, and Thursday, May 8, 2014, 9:30am-3:30pm. There is no charge, but reservations are required. To register, or for more information, please contact Mark Neuweld, docent coordinator, at 415-561-7174 or email.

 
Docent Robin Mitchell speaking with two visitors aboard BALCLUTHA.
Docent Robin Mitchell speaking with two visitors aboard BALCLUTHA.
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Did You Know?

Kaiulani Marine Exchange Card

That the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is the repository for the original San Francisco Marine Exchange cards that were used to track vessel arrivals into San Francisco? This collection, (HDC 0559, SAFR 18592) also includes ledger books that record vessels arriving into and departing from San Francisco. More...