Around the Horn Blog

Aerial View of Maritime Park
An aerial view of all of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park showing Hyde Street Pier and historic ships, scow schooner Alma, the Small Boat Dock, tugboat Hercules, ferryboat Eureka, tall ship Balclutha, paddle wheel tugboat Eppleton Hall, and schooner C. A. Thayer. The aerial photo also shows other areas of the park including the Visitor Center and Argonaut Hotel in the old Delmonte Cannery, Victorian Park, and the Aquatic Park Bathhouse and Cove.

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Through Around the Horn, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park hopes to keep visitors informed on projects that might impact their voyage and enlightened by stories from our past. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey!

Monthly Chantey Sing Brings Maritime History to Life

February 05, 2019 Posted by: Peter Kasin

The park’s monthly Chantey Sing has become a San Francisco tradition, where enthusiasts have gathered aboard floating vessels at Hyde Street Pier to share in the joys of group singing and in keeping maritime history alive through its historical songs. Founded by Park Ranger Dave Nettell in 1981, the Chantey Sing is entering its 38th year, the longest-running singalong of its kind in the country.

 

Festive Ferryboats

December 18, 2018 Posted by: Rejane Butler

We have written previously about the creative materials and ingenuity that deep-water sailors employed to celebrate and decorate their ships for the holidays, while they were away from home for months at a time.  I want to talk about how holidays were celebrated aboard ferryboats in the San Francisco Bay, where the crews and passengers had the luxury of going home every evening after work.

 

Reflection: Festival Of The Sea Brings International Maritime History To Life

September 07, 2018 Posted by: Peter Kasin

Since 1979, National Park Service sponsored Hyde Street Pier festivals have brought to life our shared maritime heritage. Whether it is the “Sea Music Festival” or “Festival of the Sea,” each event features music, dance, maritime arts, shipboard demonstrations, and many more family-friendly events.

 

A Hidden Victorian Wonderland: The Engine Room of the Ferryboat Eureka (Part 2 of 2)

September 07, 2018 Posted by: Christopher Edwards

Having discovered how steam power was generated on the ferryboat Eureka in our previous post, we now continue our trek through the engine room to explore how this power was used transport people back and forth across the bay.

 

A Hidden Victorian Wonderland: The Engine Room of the Ferryboat Eureka (Part 1 of 2)

August 20, 2018 Posted by: Christopher Edwards

A Hidden Victorian Wonderland: The Engine Room of the Ferryboat Eureka (Part 1 of 2)

 
 

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