San Francisco Maritime Labor History Comes Alive

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Date: June 1, 2009
Contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7170

On Saturday, July 11, 2009, on Hyde Street Pier from 12-4pm, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park presents an afternoon of costumed living history depicting events during the 1901 San Francisco waterfront strike. Also, in cooperation with Labor Fest, the park will host a living history presentation with David Giesen portraying 19th century newspaperman Henry George. Mr. George will share his experiences as an advocate of sailors’ rights.

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 Living History reenactment. Hear impassioned speeches and voice your own opinion! Take part in a march as strikers implore ships’ crews to join their ranks. Watch as soldiers arrive to maintain order and see a ship’s captain defy the strikers.

The strike reenactment will take place on Hyde Street Pier at 12pm, and repeated at 3pm. The Henry George presentation will be aboard the historic sailing ship Balclutha at 2pm.

Admission to historic ships: adults, $5, ages 15 and under, free. Free with National Park passes. There is no admission charge to walk on Hyde Street Pier. Fees are for boarding historic ships. For more information, please call the park’s Visitor Center: 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 (Works Progress Administration) era artwork in the Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building, and 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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