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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 6:00pm

In the Maritime Library

San Francisco Bay, Pacific Eldorado & author

Join California historian Dr. Tom Osborne as he explores California's numerous connections with the Pacific Basin, from the geologic formation of California some 30 million years ago to the maritime colossus that the Golden State has become today. Dr. Osborne will discuss the maritime context of California history from the earliest inhabitants to the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley and beyond.

Copies of Dr. Osborne's book, Pacific Eldorado: A History of Greater California, will be available for sale and signing by the author.

For information or reservations: 415-561-7040 or events@maritimelibraryfriends.org

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 6:00pm

In the Maritime Library

You've seen them gracing museums and maritime displays—now join Clare Hess of the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights to learn what goes into the building of ship models and about the hobby today.

Donation: $5 (general public); $4 (Library Friends and SFMNPA members)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 6:00pm

In the Maritime Library

David Holly was a young Navy corpsman when the hospital ship U.S.S. Benevolence was sunk in a collision with the S.S. Mary Luckenbach just outside the Golden Gate in August of 1950. Join him to hear the story of his own survival and the dramatic rescue of 505 of his shipmates from the frigid Pacific waters.

Donation: $5 (general public);
$4 (Library Friends and SFMNPA members)

For information or reservations: melani_van_petten@partner.nps.gov or 415-561-7040

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 6:00pm

In the Maritime Library

San Francisco Maritime NHP Curator of Maritime History Stephen Canright will present a slide lecture on the history of San Francisco's Southern Waterfront. Working south from Rincon Point down to the granite graving docks at Hunters Point, Mr. Canright will discuss the remarkable physical changes that took place along this stretch of waterfront, as well as its significant contributions to maritime industry and commerce.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 6:00pm

In the Maritime Library

Join Alan Olson, executive director of Educational Tall Ships, to hear about the non-profit group’s plans to build a brigantine to be used for educational sailing programs on San Francisco Bay and along the coast. Modeled on Matthew Turner’s innovative Galilee, it will be the first carbon-neutral sailing vessel of its size in the world, combining the best of both 19th and 21st century technology, and will train young people in the arts of boat building and design, as well as sailing.

Donation: $5 (general public);
$4 (Library Friends and SFMNPA members)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 6:00pm

In the Library

Schoonerman Zeb Tilton was married twice, but the Alice S. Wentworth was the love of his life. Join chanteyman and storyteller Mordecai Ben Herschel as he relates the tale of Old Zeb and the Alice in song and story.

Donation: $5 (general public); $4 (Library Friends and SFMNPA members)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 6:00pm

In the Library

Taking up where the sunken C.S.S. Alabama left off, the Confederate raider C.S.S. Shenandoah played havoc with the U.S. commercial fleet in the Pacific, capturing or sinking 38 ships and taking thousands of prisoners during her nine-month voyage of destruction. As a part of our observation of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, we will trace the Shenandoah's 27,000 mile cruise, ending when she fired the final shot of the war--three months after Lee's surrender.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 6:00pm

In the Library

Researcher Eva Chrysanthe will talk about the adventurous and brutally successful whaler Captain Charles Melville Scammon, who, among other things, served as "boat cop" for the Farallones during the egg poaching battles of 1863.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 6:00pm

In the Library

Join Dr. James Delgado,archaeologist, author, underwater explorer, and director of NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries' Maritime heritage Program on an undersea tour of some of America's most amazing shipwrecks, from lost Spanish galleons, Revolutionary War ships, Civil War ironclads and submarines, immigrant steamers and working craft that were the backbone of the American economy. Dr. Delgado will talk about how underwater archaeology is adding to out understanding of history, solving mysteries, and connecting us to our heritage.

Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 6:00pm

In the Library

Sonoma State University professor Matt James will present the history of the Academy, the 89 foot schooner used as a scientific research vessel by the California Academy of Sciences, and her research voyages to the Galapagos Islands at the beginning of the 20th century. The winner of the 2011 Karl Kortum Award for Maritime History will be announced at this time.

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