Fathom This July 2014

FATHOM THIS!

The monthly newsletter from

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

July, 2014

Issue #72

Peter Kasin

Park Ranger, Interpretation Division

Editor / writer

Contributor:

Lynn Cullivan, Management Assistant

IN THIS ISSUE

SAILING ADVENTURES ABOARD ALMA:JULY SCHEDULE

LIVING HISTORY: 1901 WATERFRONT STRIKE REENACTMENT

NEW EXHIBIT CELEBRATES 225TH ANNIVERSARY OF U.S. CUSTOMS SERVICE

26TH ANNUAL SEA MUSIC CONCERT SERIES

SEA MUSIC FESTIVAL

PARK PARTICIPATES IN RETURN OF HISTORIC SHIP’S BELL

PARK WINS THE GREAT RACE FOR CLEAN AIR

LINKS

Welcome to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, your floating national park on the city’s historic waterfront, and to the July issue of “Fathom This!” We invite you to join us for our programs, tours and bay sailing, and we look beyond July to the annual Sea Music Concert Series and Sea Music Festival. For information on all the events and maritime research opportunities the park and its partners have to offer, please see the links at the end of this newsletter.

Fathom This! is sent monthly. Feel free to forward it, and enter it into blogs. To receive it, or to cancel, please email the editor at e-mail us. Your name and contact information is never loaned or sold to any person, organization, or company outside the park.

SAILING ADVENTURES ABOARD ALMA:JULY SCHEDULE

Boards at Hyde Street Pier, 12:30pm. Leaves at 1;00pm sharp and returns 4:00pm. Tickets: Adults, $40. Ages 62 and over, $30. Ages 6-15, $20. Ages 5 and under, free (accompanied by an adult). Reservations: https://www.recreation.gov, and enter the park name in the search box, or call 1-877-444-6777. Limited spaces may be available at the Hyde Street Pier ticket booth on sailing days, 9:30am-Noon.

Haul lines to raise sail, or relax and enjoy the dazzling views of the bay in this unique national park experience, a 3-hour sail aboard the historic scow schooner Alma. Listen as a ranger spins tales of San Francisco’s riveting history: Native Americans, Spanish explorers, bridges, the Gold Rush, Alcatraz and Angel Islands, the infamous Barbary Coast, and more! Sailing dates for the month are: July 5,10,17,19,24,26,31.

Be prepared for cold, wind, spray, and bright sun. Life jackets and flotation devices are provided. Bring water (no alcohol permitted), snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen, layers of clothing, closed toe “active’ footwear, camera, binoculars, and a sense of adventure! Trip may be cancelled due to weather, or other safety concerns, at the discretion of the captain.

Living History: 1901 waterfront strike reenactment

Saturday, July 11, Noon, and repeated at 3:00pm, on Hyde Street Pier. No fee. Wheelchair accessible. Information: 415-447-5000, or https://www.nps.gov/safr/

On Saturday, July 12, the park’s costumed Living History players presents events depicting the 1901 San Francisco waterfront strike.

From July 13 to October 2, 1901, San Francisco’s waterfront was shut down by sailors, teamsters, and longshoremen striking for better pay and working conditions. Experience the sights and sounds of San Francisco history through a reenactment of this dramatic event. Hear impassioned speeches, and voice your own opinion! Take part in a march along the pier as strikers implore ships’ crews to join their ranks. Watch as a ship owner and ship’s officer defy the strikers. At noon, and repeats at 3:00pm. Begins inside the Hyde Street Pier entrance gate.

NEW EXHIBIT CELEBRATES 225THANNIVERSARY OF U.S. CUSTOMS SERVICE

July 30 through December 30, in the Maritime Museum, 900 Beach Street, foot of Polk Street. Open daily, 10am-4pm. Free admission. Wheelchair accessible. Information; 415-447-5000, or https://www.nps.gov/safr/

The National U.S. Customs museum Foundation is celebrating the 225th Anniversary of the U.S. Customs Service with a new exhibit “Customs Service and the Golden Gate,” opening at the Maritime Museum on july 30, and running through December 31.

For centuries the U.S. Customs Service was the most prominent federal law enforcement agency in the nation and played an important role in America’s growth. U.S. Customs Bay Area history includes acts of heroism during the chaos of the Gold Rush, enforcing shameful 19th century immigration laws, battling the raging fire following the Great Earthquake of 1906, and protecting California’s coasts and borders to the present day. See first-person accounts, artifacts, photographs and videos.

26THANNUAL SEA MUSIC CONCERT SERIES

During September, October, and November experience the driving rhythms of chanteys and the beauty of seafaring ballads and instrumentals from the wooden decks of the historic sailing ship Balclutha. Join the park in its 26th season of presenting some of sea music’s finest performers. Wheelchair accessible.

Ticket price: $14 general, $12 FMNPA (San Francisco Maritime National Park Association) members, $36 season ticket for all three concerts. For ticket information please call 415-561-6662, ext. 18, or email hphillippe@maritime.org. For photos and bios of the performers, please see https://www.nps.gov/safr/planyourvisit/seamusicconcert2014.htm

The performers are:

Salty Walt and the Rattlin’ Ratlines

Saturday, September 20, 8pm.

Named “San Francisco’s best sea chantey band” (SF Weekly), Salty Walt and the Rattlin’ Ratlines enjoy the close harmonies, instrumentation, and camaraderie that a group affords. Chanteys of African American, Anglo American, English, and French origin are included in their repertoire, covering international maritime history and lore. Founder and leader Salty Walt has performed at the Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival, the Chicago Maritime Festival, as well as performing internationally in Britain, Germany, and the Netherlands, and has crewed aboard several square-rigged sailing ships.

Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell

Saturday, October 25, 8pm.

Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell, direct from Loch Lomond, Scotland, present one of the best repertoires in contemporary Scots acoustic music: Self-penned and traditional songs and tunes, that covers a host of subjects, all with a Scottish theme. They have performed in festival and concert venues throughout Europe, the USA and beyond. Linsey accompanies on cello, and Ken on guitar.

Holdstock and Macleod

Saturday, November 15, 8pm.

Dick Holdstock and Allan Macleod are still enthusiastically performing together after over 30 years. They perform authentic renditions of the songs of their homelands – England and Scotland. Captivating audiences from coast to coast, they trade off on guitar and mandolin for accompanying their songs, as well as singing without accompaniment. Hearing their music is always a memorable event and an extraordinary glimpse into a not so distant maritime past. New insights into history and old customs are revealed through their songs.

SEA MUSIC FESTIVAL

Saturday, September 13, 9:30am-5:00pm, on Hyde Street Pier and aboard historic vessels. Performances on pier stages, free. Ships admission fees apply for shipboard performances: Adults, $5. Ages 15 and under, free (accompanied by an adult). Active military with I.D., free. Free with national park passes. No reservations. Purchase ship’s boarding passes at ticket booth located halfway along Hyde Street Pier. Boarding passes good for 7 days from date of purchase. Information: 415-447-5000 and on the web page at https://www.nps.gov/safr/planyourvisit/seamusicfestival2014.htm Check into the web page as more bios and photos and a printable performance schedule are added later this Summer!

Join us as we celebrate maritime history through songs, instrumentals and dance performances as the park presents its annual Sea Music Festival! Experience performances on two outdoor stages and aboard historic floating ships. The park’s living History players will also be on hand to present life in 1901. The Ship Modeler’s Club will also be working on and showing their fine models aboard the ferry Eureka. The festival will include specially-themed performances aboard the Eureka from 11am to 4pm of “Emerging Performers,” “The Hugill Legacy,” “Irish Traditions,” “Sea Songs Old and New,” and a reunion of rangers who have run the park’s Chantey Sing since this San Francisco tradition’s founding. Outdoor venues will present dance troupes, bands, duos and solo performers. All festival performances and evening chantey sing are wheelchair accessible.

Performing will be:

John Roberts and Debra Cowan / James Kelly / Hank Cramer / Holdstock and Macleod / Carol Holdstock / Shay Black / Nemenzo Tahitian Dance Company / Amelia Hogan / Hai Yan Jackson Chinese Dance Company / Geoff Kaufman and Craig Edwards / Dogwatch Nautical Band / Erin Thompson / The Jammy Dodgers / Brass Farthing / Maggee Van Speybroeck / Michael Kahan / Kenny Somerville / Celeste Bernardo / Revell Carr / Dave Nettell / Sierra-maria Magdalena / Gibb Schreffler / The Lighthouse Stringband / Richard Adrianowicz / Riggy Rackin / Erin Conner / Kathy Daskal / Steve Canright .

In the evening, join us for the festival chantey sing, 7:30-9:30. Reservations needed only for the chantey sing: 415-561-7171, or peter_kasin@nps.gov.

PARK PARTICIPATES IN RETURN OF HISTORIC SHIP’S BELL

Representatives of the Seattle area’s historic schooner Adventuress, along with experts from our park and the San Francisco Bar pilots, travelled to Belmont, CA to receive a ship’s bell that went missing a century ago. The bronze bell, that reads “Adventuress 1913” had been in the possession of Alfred R. “Nick” Lemos since he received it as a boy in 1936. This Spring, after a search for information about the ship, he and his sons found that the schooner still sails, as an environmental education ship in the Seattle area, and returned the bell. Catherine Collins, the Executive Director of Sound Experience, the nonprofit which runs the ship, was stunned. “Not in our wildest imaginations did we think that her original bell still existed.”

PARK WINS THE GREAT RACE FOR CLEAN AIR

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park took 1st place this year in The Great Race for Clean Air, an annual competition between Bay Area companies to see whose employees can reduce the most Co2 by ridesharing, biking, walking, or riding transit to work instead of driving solo. This year’s “race” took place online during March and April and involved 1,007 3employees from 70 companies logging in their daily commute. The Bay Area Air District estimates that 773,225 lbs. of Co2 were saved during the competition.

-Lynn Cullivan, Management Assistant

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 Maritime Research Center’s nonprofit member-supported cooperating association.

http://keys.bywatersolutions.com The Maritime Research Center’s 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, where you’ll find articles and photos. Be sure to “like” us!

https://www.nps.gov/safr/planyourvisit/seamusicconcert2014.htm Sea Music Concert Series.

https://www.nps.gov/safr/planyourvisit/seamusicfestival2014.htm Sea Music Festival.

https://www.recreation.gov For Alma reservations and for recreation in all federal agencies where recreation is offered.

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

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

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

Last updated: March 1, 2015

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

(415) 561-7000
The public information office is open from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. PST during weekdays and we will respond to all messages within two business days.

Contact Us