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Exhibit Offers Visitors A Walk Through Waterfront History

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

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A new exhibit in the park's visitor center makes it possible for visitors to take a walk through the history of San Francisco's waterfront.

On April 19th, San Francisco Maritime 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.

Deputy Regional Director George Turnbull and 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.



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