This Day in Maritime History highlights the connections between SF Maritime NHP Collections and maritime historical events through the year.
December 1, 1852From the diary of Benjamin Vicuna Mackenna, "We crossed the equator, twenty two days out of Valaparaiso…I escaped the Baptism of Neptune the sailors had planned for me. It was not because they respected me as an employeer--the laws of the sea are inexorable about that; it was the captain had bought them off with the promise of a double wine ration at Easter." (From, We were 49ers! : Chilean accounts of the California Gold Rush / translated and edited by Edwin A. Beilharz and Carlos U. Lopez. - Pasadena, Calif. : Ward Ritchie Press, c1976)
December 2, 1910The steamer Yale arrives in San Francisco. The trip took under 18 hours, bringing an end her maiden voyage in a new coastal steamer service.
December 6, 1940Mrs. Alma Spreckels establishes the Museum of Science and Industry as a non-profit vehicle for the collection known as the "Marine Exhibit." This exhibit eventually became the intial collection of the Museum of Science and Industry, a collection which, in 1951 and 1952, became the basis of what is now the SFMNHP object collection.
December 8, 1890British tea clipper ship Thermopylae arrives in San Francisco with a cargo from Hong Kong on her first visit to San Francisco.
December 13, 1577Sir Francis Drake sails from Plymouth, England with a squadron of five ships to circumnavigate the globe.
December 23, 1893Union Iron Works launches the two-masted pilot schooner Gracie S. with all the fashion and ceremony of a modern cruiser. Built to replace the George Peabody, the Gracie S. cost $17,000 and is considered the best of the pilot schooner fleet. She is named for the eldest daughter of John D. Spreckels.
December 25, 1969The Eppleton Hall begins her voyage from England to San Francisco to begin her career as a museum ship.
December 29, 1924The ferry Klamath launches at Bethlehem Shipyard, San Francisco, California.
Last updated: September 28, 2017