Fathom This April 2014

FATHOM THIS!

The monthly newsletter from

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

April, 2014

Issue #69

Peter Kasin

Park Ranger, Interpretation Division

Editor / Writer

CONTRIBUTORS:

Rejane Butler

Park Guide, Jr. Ranger Day Coordinator

Heather Hernandez

Technical Services Librarian

Mark Neuweld

Supervisory Park Ranger

IN THIS ISSUE:

NATIONAL PARK WEEK / JUNIOR RANGER DAY

IF SHIPS COULD SPEAK: AN INTRODUCTION TO INTERPRETATION AT SAN FRANCISCO MARITIME NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

REMEMBERING TIM PRZYGOCKI: 1948-2014

FREE AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL PASS FOR ACTIVE MILITARY AND DEPENDENTS

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

LINKS

Welcome to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and to the April Fathom This! For information on all the programs, tours and events the park and its partners have to offer, please see the links at the end of this newsletter.

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NATIONAL PARK WEEK / JUNIOR RANGER DAY

April 19 – 27. Information: 415-447-5000, or https://www.nps.gov/safr/

Visit your historical, cultural and natural NPS sites during annual National Park Week, April 19-27. The week begins with a fee free weekend, April 19-20. Fees at all NPS sites where a fee is normally charged will be waived. On Saturday, April 19, visit Hyde Street Pier for national Junior Ranger Day. Kids activities on Hyde Street Pier will include making model boats, dory drill, signal flags, line (rope) making, and scrimshaw. Enjoy ranger-led programs on Animals of Hyde Street Pier, where you’ll discover life found on and under the docks, and a sea chantey singalong. Junior Ranger Day activities are 10am – 4pm. –Rejane Butler, Park Guide

IF SHIPS COULD SPEAK: AN INTRODUCTION TO INTERPRETATION AT SAN FRANCISCO MARITIME NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

Sundays, April 27, 10am – 4pm, and May 4, 11am – 4pm. Reservations: e-mail us or 415-561-7174.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer docent at the park? This training course will introduce participants to maritime history and to 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 training will take place at the park on Sunday, April 27, 10:00am-4:00pm and May 4, 11:00am-4:00pm (with additional training to be arranged). There is no charge for the training, but reservations are required. For more information, please contact Mark Neuweld, Supervisory Park Ranger, at e-mail us or 415-561-7174.

-Mark Neuweld, Supervisory Park Ranger

REMEMBERING TIM PRZYGOCKI: 1948-2014

The park is saddened by the loss longtime employee Tim Przygocki, who succumbed to catastrophic illness this February. Tim moved to San Francisco in 1972. Captivated by historic ships, he began at Hyde Street Pier as a volunteer, working his way up to the rigging crew, and then to a position as the park’s safety officer. Tim brought his many years of pier and ships experience to his job as safety officer – he knew his work from the inside out. In 1979, he appeared in the television mini-series Shogun. Tim is missed by all who knew him, and San Francisco has lost a true man of the wharf and ships. See the park’s Facebook page and fullfathomfive blog for more bio, and photos of Tim (see the links, at end of this newsletter).

FREE AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL PASS FOR ACTIVE MILITARY AND DEPENDENTS

The America the Beautiful annual pass, sold to the general public for $80, is your passport to free admission at sites managed by federal agencies where there is normally an entrance fee. Active members of the United States Army, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and also reserves and National Guard can obtain the America the Beautiful pass free of charge. This pass is good for free admission into National Park Service sites, and sites managed by any federal agency where admission is charged to the public. Please show a common access card and form 1173 when you come to the fee booth at Hyde Street Pier to receive your America the Beautiful pass. Experience your America!

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we’re sharing a recently discovered poem by A. Poppet – Turing. Devoted readers will remember this poet’s StackFinder, and despite our best efforts, we know nothing about the poet except that work and this newly discovered one, both found tucked into the library’s copy of English maritime books printed before 1801, apparently used as bookmarks. Clearly a parody of Shakespeare’s Full Fathom Five, this poem nevertheless conveys the heartbreak experienced by many a maritime reader – seeing your book vanish “in the drink.” - Heather Hernandez, Reference Librarian…..on April 1st!

Full Fathom Five my novel lies

It fell overboard – just rolled off my thighs

Nothing of it that did float,

But soaking up water, its pages did float

Into something swollen and sunken

A mystery novel, I should have held tight

But instead on this boat, with it did alight

And this voyage I must now complete without it,

Not knowing at all if the butler did it.

LINKS

https://www.nps.gov/safr/ San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

http://www.maritime.org San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, the park’s nonprofit member-supported cooperating association.

http://www.maritimelibraryfriends.org Friends of the Maritime Museum Library, the park library’s nonprofit member-supported cooperating association.

http://www.fullfathomcollectionsblogspot.com The park collections blog.

http://key.bywatersolutions.com The Maritime Library catalog.

https://www.museum.nps.gov/parkindex.aspx Museum collections. Choose our park from the list.

https://www.facebook.com/SanFranciscoMaritimeNHP The park’s Facebook page.

http://www.hydestreetlivinghistory.org The park’s Living History program.

http://corsair-viking.org The San Francisco Sea Scouts, park partner in Aquatic Park.

http://www.weplayers.org Theatre company and park partner.

Last updated: March 1, 2015

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