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Fabled San Francisco fisherman: all dressed up and no place to go until June 9 and the opening of the new Hyde Street Fishing Harbor. Photo by Alessandro Baccari

Every year, we have the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet, which takes place the first week of October, where all the families gather at the chapel and go out to sea. They go out on a Red and White vessel and the fishing fleet follows as they go under the Golden Gate. As the procession goes beyond the waters of the Gate on the Marin side, they cast flowers into the sea and there’s a moment of silence and all the horns of the vessels blow. It’s quite moving. You’ll see three or four generations of fishing families who have lost someone – a father, a brother or a son to the sea. Now of course, we have women fishing. We even have women in the fishing industry and wholesale processing area.

Our new harbor costs about $7 million dollars. We’re grateful for the efforts of the Mayor and the Port of San Francisco most of all, but we also want to thank the State of California Department of Boating and Waterways and a true friend of Fisherman’s Wharf, Senator John L. Burton, who has played such a significant role over the years in securing funding for this project. We’re also grateful to Assemblyman Kevin Shelley and Supervisors Gavin Newsom and Aaron Peskin, and former Supervisor Alicia Becceril. It took a lot of funding to get us here and these folks made it happen.

Fisherman’s and Seamen’s Memorial Chapel, non-denominational place of worship and shrine to the memories of more than 200 lost fisherman. The location is the site of the old Coast Guard building from which rescue missions to foundering vessels were dispatched. Photo by Alessandro Baccari