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NPS Tugboat Hercules steaming on San Francisco Bay in the mid-1990s
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<strong>Date:</strong> August 30, 2007
<strong>Contact:</strong> John Cunnane, 415-561-7123
<strong>Tugboat Festival Celebrates the 100<sup>th</sup> Birthday of the Steam Tug Hercules!</strong>
Special ranger-led tours, music, films, children’s activities, and exhibits
Saturday, September 22, 2007, 11am-5pm at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park celebrates the centennial birthday of the steam tug Hercules, the only surviving steam-powered ocean tug in the United States. Hercules
represents not only 1907 marine technology at its height, but also the
strength and fortitude of sailors who survived terrifying storms at
sea. With up to 17 crew on board, her voyages provided little privacy
and prolonged bouts of boredom punctuated with storm-tossed moments of
terror. Experience this unique survivor of the American maritime
experience and share in the following celebrations:
Programs will include ranger-led tours aboard Hercules, accessible presentations on Hyde Street Pier, as well as self-guided tours aboard Hercules.
Enjoy learning what it was like to crew on a long ocean voyage aboard a
steam-powered tug - as a sailor on the open decks and as a crew member
deep down in the boiler and engine rooms.
Musicians Bob Bossin, Hank Cramer, and David LoVine will performtraditional and contemporary songs about Hercules and the world of tugboats.
Children can participate in maritime crafts. They can also earn a
Junior Ranger badge and become a “Junior Tugboater” by completing
special tugboat activities.
A special exhibit entitled The Labors of Hercules tells the amazing story of Hercules’
survival through numerous storms and through two careers that kept her
in service from 1907-1962. In the words of her own crew, the exhibit
tells of the challenges, pleasures, and nightmares of Hercules’ first voyage from New Jersey to San Francisco. This exhibit will be on display in the park Visitor Center throughout 2007.
All activities, including admission to the park’s historic ships, will be free on September 22.
General Park Information
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes a
magnificent fleet of historic ships, a visitor center, and maritime
library. For more information about the park and its public programs,
please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/safr. Images are available at http://www.nps.gov/safr/photosmultimedia/photogallery.htm. (Note: The Maritime Museum at 900 Beach Street is closed for renovation.)