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October Events at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
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Golden Gate Bridge District Works to Stem Red Ink
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Bay Planning Coalition Sets Annual Conference
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October Events at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park


3 Modelers Workshop

4 Chantey Sing

Pet Goats and a Charthouse of Her Own

Modelers Workshop

5 Just What DO You Do With A Drunken Sailor? ... History Through Song

Of Whales and Men: West Coast Whaling 1850-1950

11 Fleet Week Viewing Party

San Francisco maritime National Park Association hosts beer, wine and hors deouvre reception on the decks of the Maritime Museum Building in Aquatic Park. Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit the education and preservation projects of the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association. Go to for more info.

12 Fine Woodstrip Kayak Construction

17 Modelers Workshop

18 Concert Series: Forebitter

Music of the Sea for Kids

Childrens’ Maritime Crafts

Modelers Club meeting

19 Eureka Engine Room Tour

Hercules Engineering Tour

20 Introduction to Boatbuilding Class

23 3rd Annual Maritime Heritage Awards Gala

The San Francisco Maritime National Park Association pays tribute to individuals, corporations and public figures that have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to maritime preservation and education, with the third annual Maritime Heritage Awards.

Tickets start at $250. Check out for more information.

25 Life in Nelson’s Navy

Learning the Ropes (So to Speak)

The Hunley

26 The Past, Present and Future of the Schooner C.A. Thayer

Birds of the Bay

Ships for Distant Water: The West Coast and the WWI Shipbuilding Effort



2003 Sea Music Concert Series


elegant instrumentals and delicate harmonies reverberating from the wooden decks of our historic fleet! Join us for rare evenings of sailors’ songs, sweet ballads and working chanteys! Now in its fifteenth year, the park’s Sea Music Concert series has become a San Francisco music tradition. In October, Bay Area favorite Mystic Seaport Forebitter (Saturday, 10/18 8PM, $12) will blend intricate harmonies, a cappella singing, banjo, concertina, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, whistles and percussion into a fun and lively evening. In November, Seattle duo William Pint and Felicia Dale (Saturday, 11/15, 8PM, $12) will perform traditional and modern music and "songs reflecting the immense vitality of those who live and work on the sea." The energetic couple captivate their audiences with vocals and guitar, mandola, Irish pennywhistles and percussion. Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser will perform the December finale concert (Friday, 12/12, 8PM, $14). His richly expressive playing ranges from haunting laments in the Gaelic tradition ,to classically-styled airs, to raucous dance tunes, to improvisations based on traditional themes. And his repertoire spans several centuries of Scottish music. All concerts at 8pm, aboard an historic vessel at Hyde Street Pier. For tickets: call 415.561.6662, write San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, P.O. Box 470310, San Francisco, CA 94147-0310, visit the Maritime Store on Hyde Street Pier (415-775-2665), or order online at

Chantey Sing

Saturday, October 4, 8pm-midnight. No fee. Aboard an historic vessel at Hyde Street Pier. Reservations required: call 415-556-6435 or email

Sing traditional working songs aboard a floating vessel. Bring a cushion and a mug for hot cider!

Music of the Sea for Kids

Saturday, October 18, 2pm. Aboard Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier. Vessel admission.

History comes alive for kids in this special program, where the songs are geared for younger ears and chosen especially for fun. Ages 6 and up.

Just What DO You Do With A Drunken Sailor? ... History Through Song

Sunday, October 5, 2pm. Aboard Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier. Vessel admission.

Songs tell the story of the past. Join a park ranger to learn about the life of sailors at sea through the work songs they sang.


Pet Goats and a Charthouse of Her Own

Saturday, October 4, 3pm. Aboard Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier. Vessel admission.

Only the ship’s captain could bring his family aboard. Join a park ranger to learn about the unusual life of families at sea.

The Past, Present and Future of the Schooner C.A. Thayer

Sunday, October 26, 2pm. In the Visitor Center Theater. No fee.

Adapting to multiple careers, the C.A. Thayer has survived for more than a century. Learn how the restoration of this 1895 West Coast schooner will preserve not only the vessel itself, but also a variety of vanishing maritime traditions.

Eureka Engine Room Tour

Sunday, October 19, and Saturday, December 13, 1pm. Meet at gangway. Vessel admission.

Join this special tour of Eureka’s engine room and get up-close-and-personal with her giant walking beam engine.

Birds of the Bay

Sunday, October 26, 9:30am. Meet at Hyde Street Pier entrance. No fee.

See shore, migratory, citified and resident birds on this birdwalk. Bring binoculars, bird books and dress warmly.

Hercules Engineering Tour

Sunday, October 19, 2pm. Meet at the gangway on the Pier. Reservations required: 415-561-7100. Vessel admission.

Explore the major engineering spaces and learn about steam piston technology and its effects on the working environment of the marine steam engineer. Note: this tour includes climbing moderately steep ladders and entering cramped spaces.

Ships for Distant Water: The West Coast and the WWI Shipbuilding Effort.

Sunday, October 26, 1pm. In the Maritime Museum. No fee.

Learn the all-but-forgotten history of the shipbuilding effort on the West Coast during the First World War.

Life in Nelson’s Navy

Saturday, October 25, 3pm. Meet aboard Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier. Vessel admission.

Slide show about life in the British Royal Navy at the time of Nelson, featuring period food and clothing.

Childrens’ Maritime Crafts

Saturday, October 18, 1-4pm. Meet in the Visitor Center Theater. No fee.

Learn the arts and crafts of sailors at sea, and take home with you a sailor’s valentine, a signal flag necklace or a plastic scrimshaw work of art! For kids of all ages.

Learning the Ropes (So to Speak)

Saturday, October 25, 2pm. Meet aboard Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier. Vessel admission.

We are still connected to our seafaring past through the language we speak today. Learn your way around an 1886 square-rigger and find out the maritime origin of many of today’s expressions.

Of Whales and Men: West Coast Whaling 1850-1950

Sunday, October 5, 2pm. In the Maritime Museum. No fee.

Learn how San Francisco became the worlds’ largest whaling port, and how whaling became a major West Coast industry.


Hands Needed

Interested in woodwork, rigging, library science, tour-guiding, archives or artifacts? Have we got the perfect challenge for you! Call the Volunteer Office at 415-556-1613 or visit and join the crew!

In the Library

The Hunley

Saturday, October 25, 5:30pm. In the Maritime Library, Building E. Fort Mason Center. Fee: $4 ($3 Library Friends and SFMNPA). Reservations: 415-561-7040

Join us for The Hunley, with Armand Assante and Donald Sutherland in the dramatic story of the Confederate Navy’s hand-powered submarine. Ranger Tom Jares will follow with a discussion of the recent discovery and raising of the Hunley from the bottom of Charleston harbor.

Classes and Workshops

An Introduction to Boatbuilding (WoodenBoat School Class)

October 20-25. Fee: $600. Instructor: Bill Thomas

Build the Karl Stambaugh Bay Skiff 15 using marine plywood and epoxy using a modified glue-and-screw type construction. Bill takes you step-by-step through the building stages: stem, transom and frame construction; planking; breasthook and quarterknee installation; thwarts and interior trim; daggerboard and case construction; mast, boom and rudder assemblies, all will come together. Discussions will focus on small-craft design, setting up a one-man shop, proper hand and power tool usage and more. No prior boatbuilding experience required.

Fine Woodstrip Kayak Construction (WoodenBoat School Class)

October 12-18. Fee: $600. Instructor: Ted Moores

Designer, writer, canoe builder, and restorer Ted Moores will introduce students to a strip planked sea kayak. By week’s end each student should have a strong grasp of wood/epoxy strip construction and be ready to start their own project at home. And one student will be the lucky new owner of a beautiful Ted Moores designed sea kayak.

To Register for these WoodenBoat School classes contact: Bernice Palumbo: WoodenBoat School, P.O. Box 78, Naskeag Rd, Brooklin, ME 04616. All classes presented in San Francisco, at the Park’s Small Boat Shop, on Hyde Street Pier. Workshop facilities and most materials and power tools will be provided. Students may have to supply their own handtools; if required, a tool list will be sent after enrollment.

John Kowalla hosts the Modelers Workshop on the car deck of the Eureka Saturdays October 3, 4 and 17. The public is invited to stop by and pick up tips, or just watch the modelers in action. The next Modelers Club meetings is scheduled at 9:30am on 10/18 aboard Eureka. Call 415-447-5000 for more information.