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!

Two of Hyde Street's Best-Kept Secrets

September 12, 2019 Posted by: Erin Conner

A century ago, Harry Dring was born. If you’ve never heard of him, you can be forgiven, but without him and his close friend Karl Kortum, there would be no historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier.

 

Celebrating the 85th Anniversary of the 1934 Longshore and General Strikes

May 08, 2019 Posted by: Peter Kasin

May 9 marks the 85th anniversary of the beginning of the largest labor strike in West Coast History, when in 1934, longshoremen up and down the West Coast went on strike.

 

Everyone Knows We Need The Rain…Except The Mussels

April 01, 2019 Posted by: Rejane Butler

Extreme weather events may become the norm as climate change effects are becoming more and more visible.  Rain is precious in California, yet greater-than-average rainfall can have an adverse effect on the hardiness of invertebrates and mollusks that live in tidal pools or attach to ships and pier pilings.

 

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.

 

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)

 

It's August, Grab a Jacket!

August 01, 2018 Posted by: John Earnest

The National Park Service is preserving something for all our families, whether it’s the family we see every day, or the collective family of us all who love parks.

 

What is happening under the Hyde Street Pier and in the Bay?

May 31, 2018 Posted by: By Rejane Butler, Education Technician for San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is very proud of an ongoing partnership with our neighbor, Galileo High School. Together, we monitor the health of San Francisco Bay by documenting the presence or absence of certain species.

 

Flat Stanley Visits San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

May 01, 2018 Posted by: Lucien Sonder

Flat Stanley Visits San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park!

 

A Vessel Among The Fleet: An Intern's Perspective

April 16, 2018 Posted by: Sam Chavarria

For the past 13 weeks, I served as a part-time intern through the American Conservation Experience at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.  I am a journalism student in my third year at San Francisco State University, and my internship focused on supporting the park’s interpretation and digital media efforts.

 

Preserving the Small but Mighty Hercules

June 04, 2017 Posted by: Erika Brown

Preserving the Small but Mighty Hercules

 
 

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