New SF Maritime NHP Visitor Center Exhibit Offers Visitors a Walk Through Waterfront History
On April 19, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park launched another chapter of America’s maritime heritage when it opened “The Waterfront,” a new Visitor Center exhibit that leads park visitors on a “walk though time” which allows them to see, hear and touch San Francisco’s historic working waterfront.
The multi-media exhibit features historic film footage, the buried ships of San Francisco, hand-painted murals, a clipper ship figurehead suspended overhead, a (non-working) “Barbary Coast” saloon, a working model of the signal system that once operated atop San Francisco’s iconic “Telegraph Hill” and over 360 artifacts from the park’s museum collection.
PWR Deputy Regional Director George Turnbull, and park Superintendent Craig Kenkel, hosted the opening ceremony, which featured uniformed rangers Peter Kasin and Kathryn Daskal leading the audience in a sing-along of the traditional “long-drag” chantey “Whiskey Johnny.”
“The Waterfront” is now open to the public during regular Visitor Center hours.