Fathom This! December 2014


The Monthly Newsletter From
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

December 2014
Issue #77

Celebrations at Sea
Old Time Maritime Christmas

Welcome to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, your floating national park on San Francisco’s historic waterfront, and to this issue of Fathom This! For information on all the programs and events the park and its partners have to offer, please see the links at the end of this newsletter.

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Celebrations at Sea

Saturday, December 13, 3-4:45pm. Aboard Balclutha. Adults, $5. Ages 15 and under (accompanied by an adult) free. Free with national park passes and for active military with I.D. No reservations needed. Information: 415-447-5000 and nps.gov/safr

This special day aboard Balclutha features live music, refreshments, ornament-making, storytelling, and a visit from Santa! The Dogwatch Nautical Band starts the festivities at 3:00pm, performing traditional chanteys with a holiday twist. Kids of all ages will enjoy ornament-making activities and refreshments from 3:00-4:45pm. As the band concludes its performance, a Park Ranger will read a popular holiday story. Another highlight of the celebration is the arrival of Santa at 4:20pm, who will listen to children’s wishes until the program ends at 4:45pm.

Old Time Maritime Christmas

Saturday, December 13, 6-9pm. Aboard Balclutha. Free. Reservations required. To reserve call the Visitor Center between 9:30am-5pm, 415-447-5000. Info at nps.gov/safr.

Turn back the clock to the year 1901 as the park’s costumed Living History Players present the annual Old Time Maritime Christmas. Take a lamplit tour of Hyde Street Pier and historic vessels led by a nightwatchman. Meet ships’ crews, captains, wives, and Victorian women. Refreshments and live music aboard Balclutha will be at the conclusion of the 50-minute tour. Tours leave every 20 minutes from the Hyde Street Pier entrance beginning 6:00pm, with the last tour leaving 7:40pm. Space is limited. Reserve early.


nps.gov/safr San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

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

maritimelibraryfriends.org Friends of the Maritime museum Library, the park Maritime Research Center’s nonprofit member-supported cooperating association.

fullfathomcollections.blogspot.com The park collections blog.

bywatersolutions.com The Maritime research Center catalog.

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

facebook.com/SanFranciscoMaritimeNHP The park’s Facebook page. Be sure to “like” us!

youtube.com/user/SFMaritimeNHP The park’s YouTube channel.

flickr.com/photos/sfmaritimenps/ The park’s Flickr site.

recreation.gov ALMA reservations.

hydestreetlivinghistory.org The park’s Living History program.

corsair-viking.org San Francisco Sea Scouts, park partner and neighbor in Aquatic Park.

weplayers.org Theatre company and park partner.

Last updated: March 1, 2015

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2 Marina Boulevard, Building E, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94123


(415) 561-7000
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