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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
In San Francisco
Included in this park are a fleet of historic ships, a maritime museum, and a maritime library. The fleet includes the 1886 square-rigger Bal-clutha; the 1895 schooner CA. Thayer; the 1891 scow schooner Alma; the 1890 ferryboat Eureka; the 1914 paddlewheel tug Eppleton Hall; and the 1907 steam tugboat Hercules. The Hercules and Alma have been restored and steam (and sail) to ports around the bay. The museum, in a streamline modern building, displays models, huge ships' parts, figureheads, and fine arts, and includes the Steamship Room, which presents the history of West Coast steam. The Maritime Library houses books, periodicals, and oral histories, and provides access to more than 250,000 photographs, 120,000 sheets of ships' plans, and other historic documents. The park's extensive artifact collections include oils and watercolors, scrimshaw, delicate fancywork, carvings, tools, and navigational instruments. The park was established in 1988.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Attending boatbuilding classes, doing library research, picnicking, touring historic vessels, viewing exhibits, visiting museum. Facilities: Visitor center, museum, library. Bookstore and gift shop. Programs & Events: Steam-engine and living-history demonstrations, boatbuilding and woodworking classes. Heritage month programs (Women's History, Asian-Pacific, Black History, etc.); Festival of the Sea (usually in Sept.), Sea Music Concert Series (fall), Christmas at Sea (winter). Tips & Hints: Use public transportation to get to the park. The best time to visit is in fall. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Dec. and Jan.
FEES & HOURS
Entrance fee: Hyde St. Pier (historic vessels): $5 adults, $2 ages 12-17 and 64 and over, free ages 11 and under. Museum and library free. Visitor center open Memorial Day-Oct. 1, daily 9:30-7; Oct. 2-Memorial Day, daily 9:30-5. Hyde St. Pier open daily 9:30-3:30. Maritime Museum open daily 10-5. Library open Tues. 5-7, Wed.-Fri. 1-5, Sat. 10-5.
HOW TO GET THERE
West end of Fisherman's Wharf, at the Hyde Street cable-car terminus. Closest airport: San Francisco (15 mi).
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Bldg. E, Room 265, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA 94123, tel. 415/561-7000, fax 415/556-1624). San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (201 3rd St., Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, tel. 415/ 974-6900).
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