Fathom This June 2014


The monthly newsletter from

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

June, 2014
Issue #71

Peter Kasin
Park Ranger, Interpretation Division
Editor / Writer

Jeffery Morris
Shipwright / Aquatic Park Cove Harbormaster


Welcome to the June issue of Fathom This! and to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the nation’s “floating national park” on San Francisco’s historic waterfront. We welcome you to explore your maritime heritage at public programs, exhibits, and at the Maritime Research Center (formerly the Maritime Library). 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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Haul lines and raise sails, or sit back and relax as you explore San Francisco Bay aboard the historic 1891 scow schooner Alma. Take in dazzling views of sea life, boats on the Bay, and the city front as you listen to a park ranger spin tales of San Francisco’s riveting history: Native Americans, Spanish explorers, the Gold Rush, Barbary Coast, earthquakes and more! Sailing dates in June are the 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st and 26. Boarding; 12:30pm. Returns to Hyde Street Pier: 4:00pm.Reservations and tickets: https://www.recreation.gov

Type San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park in the search box or call 1-877-444-6777. Adults $40; Seniors 62 and over $30; Children 6-15, $20; Ages 5 and under are free with adult. On the day of a sail, a limited number of tickets may be available at the Hyde Street Pier ticket booth from 9:30am to 12pm. Park information: 415-447-5000.

News flash! Stop the presses! (stop the keyboard?) Congratulations to the Alma and crew for finishing 2nd in the Master Mariner’s race on Saturday, May 24, and for the park’s historic pleasure craft Merry Bear and crew for finishing fifth out of 8 in her class.


The 1890 ferry Eureka has been closed to the public due to excessive wear to part of the counterweight system supporting the gangway. The total weight of the steel gangway is 15 tons, but only 3,500 pounds rest on the National Historic Landmark Eureka because of the counterweight system. The excessive wear on the system must be repaired to ensure only 3,500 lbs. (approx.) rests on the ship: more weight would cause significant damage to the vessel! This project is being combined with another which was already scheduled, the repair of the two Dolphin Pile Clusters that moor the bow of the Eureka. Those dolphin clusters keep the bow secure. They need some new pilings and to have the wire that binds them replaced and tightened. Combining the two projects is saving the park money and allows for the gangway repair to occur faster than would normally be expected. Unfortunately, during the discovery phase, more broken pilings were identified. This caused a delay from the planned starting date pushing the work back to early-mid July. We anticipate that the work will take about a month. We hope to reopen Eureka to the public in late August or early September.

-Jeffrey Morris, Shipwright/Aquatic Park Cove Harbormaster


https://www.nps.gov 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.fullfathomcollections.blogspot.com The park collections blog.

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 You’ll find articles and photos of what’s happening in the park. Be sure to “like’ us!

https://www.recreation.gov For recreation opportunities 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.

http://www.maritimelibraryfriends.org friends of the Maritime museum Library, the park Maritime Research Center’s nonprofit member-supported cooperating association.

Last updated: March 1, 2015

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