Labor Day Celebration at the Park

Black and white drawing of sailors singing and playing a fiddle and banjo.

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News Release Date: July 27, 2009

Contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7170

On Monday, September 7, 2009, celebrate maritime labor history at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park with a special concert of “Songs of Sea Labor,” featuring a double bill with the outstanding Bay Area sea performers Salty Walt and the Rattlin’ Ratlines at 12:00, and Holdstock and Macleod at 1:00, aboard the historic 1890-built ferryboat Eureka, berthed at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco. Wheelchair accessible.

Chanteys, the “call and response” work songs of sailors, set rhythm and lightened the burden of backbreaking shipboard tasks, such as raising sail, loading cargo, and weighing (lifting) anchor. The choruses to these songs are easy to sing, and the audience is invited to sing along.

The park’s costumed Living History Players will be on hand during the day to bring the working waterfront and the labor troubles of the year 1901 to life.

Admission fees: adults, $5. Ages 15 and under, free. Free with national park passes.  Information: 415-447-5000.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, in San Francisco. The park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, WPA era artwork in the Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building, and maritime library. For more information about the park, or its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website at

Last updated: March 1, 2015

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