Fathom This! February 2015


The monthly newsletter from San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

February, 2015
Issue #79


African American History Month
Return of the Eva B

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 more information see the links at the end of this newsletter.

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African American History Month

Join the park in celebrating African American History Month with programs and exhibits for the whole family. African Americans have played a major role in maritime history – from the earliest days of our nation to modern times, they have built, crewed and captained ships, fought in wars, invented tools, and created maritime music. Below are program descriptions. All are wheelchair accessible. Information: 415-447-5000 and www.nps.gov/safr/africanamericanblackheritage.htm

The Great Migration in Alaska: African Americans, The Alaska Packers Association, and the Politics of Race at Sea, 1896-1929

Sundays, February 1, 8, and 15, 2:15pm. 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.

In 1920, more than 300 African Americans signed contracts to work in Alaska’s salmon industry and voyaged north aboard Star of Alaska (Balclutha) and similar ships. These men were part of the early wave of the Great Migration from the South and we invite you to explore their experiences.

Chanteys: The African American and Caribbean Connection

Saturday, February 7, 3pm. 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.

Discover African American and Caribbean-based maritime work songs in this ranger and volunteer-led program singing chanteys of sailors, longshoremen, oarsmen and fishermen. Everyone is encouraged to sing along to the easy choruses of these work songs.

The Saga of Captain William Shorey

Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 22, 3pm. In the Visitor Center, 499 Jefferson Street at Hyde Street. Free.

A ranger-narrated slide show will introduce you to the extraordinary life and accomplishments of the only black whaling ship captain on the West Coast.

African Americans in the Maritime Trades: Historic Images and Stories

Throughout February, 9:30am-5pm. In the Visitor Center, 499 Jefferson Street at Hyde Street. Free.

View rare photographs and learn about African American and Caribbean officers, sailors, cooks, longshoremen and shipbuilders.

Return of the Eva B.

Information: 415-561-6662. After five years of restoration work, staff and volunteers of the Boat Shop on Hyde Street Pier are ready to return the Eva B. to the water! Built in 1936 in a friendly partnership of Sausalito’s master boatbuilder Menotti Pasquinucci and the Batchelder family, the Eva B. is a unique and shapely local gem. Please join us for two special events (described below) on Hyde Street Pier.

Exhibit Reception and Project Open House

Friday, February 27, 6-8:30pm. On Hyde Street Pier. Free. RSVP required: 415-561-6662. Accessible.

See the Eva B. up close on Hyde Street Pier. Learn about the challenges of her restoration and enjoy a display of artifacts from the shop of her original builders and from the Eva B.’s early life as a pleasure boat. She will be on exhibit through April 25.

Rechristening and Launch

Saturday, April 11, 11am-1pm. On Hyde Street Pier. Free. Information: 415–447-5000. Accessible.

Mark your calendar. There’s nothing like a launching ceremony! Come cheer on the breaking of the champagne bottle as we return the Eva B. to her original name, commemorate her colorful history, and launch her into her new life on the waters of San Francisco Bay! Music and light refreshments.


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

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!

https://twitter.com/SFMaritimeNPS The park’s Twitter feed.

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

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

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.

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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San Francisco, CA 94123


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