Virtual Chantey Sing Series


The SF Maritime Association is proud to partner with the SF Maritime National Historical Park to bring you a virtual chantey sing series!



Join us for a virtual singalong of chanteys and sea songs celebrating the 40th anniversary year of the San Francisco’s Hyde Street Pier Chantey Sing, featuring an international lineup of song leaders.
Saturday, December 11, 2021, 11am-1pm Pacific time.

Event Details:

General Public and Non-Singer Event Page with Live Streaming:

Note: Lead singers will be privately invited to participate via Zoom which will be live streamed to the event page.

Next Event Date: December 11th, 2021

Sign up to Lead a Song Here: Click Here

Virtual Backgrounds from the SF Maritime Association are suggested for lead singers available here:

Song Leader On-boarding Instruction Here: Chantey Sing Song Leader Guide

Donations to the Association will be accepted during the event, which will be used to buy virtual technologies to broadcast more events from the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

Donate Below:



San Francisco, CA On Saturday, December 11, 2021, from 11am to 1pm, one of the Bay Areas most beloved musical traditions celebrates its 40th yearfrom your own home! Long a monthly landmarkaboard San Francisco Maritime National Historical Parks historic ships, the multi-generational Chantey Sing gathering has been sidelined by COVID-19. But with help from the San Francisco Maritime Park Association, the Parks non-profit partner, the sing has gone virtual and international!

Park volunteer and retired Park Ranger Peter Kasin will emcee, in the the role of chantey V-Empresario: introducing singers and setting up the songs. Singing participants, who have signed up for performing slots in advance, will share their favorite songs, either accompanying themselves on traditional instruments, or a cappella.

The chantey sings became a park program in 1981, led by its founding Park Ranger Dave Nettell from 1981 to 1989 aboard the Schooner C.A. THAYER. and the square-rigged ship BALCLUTHA. Over the years, the sings popularity, led by Park Rangers, required them to be held in a larger venue, and, up until Covid, were held aboard the historic ferry EUREKA, garnering 100 to 200 people monthly.

Chanteys, the work songs of seafaring, dock labor, fishing and rowing, are one of the most compelling ways to celebrate our maritime heritage. International and multi-cultural in scope, they tell stories of life in long-ago History, but resonate today with tales of bravery, fear, international port of call, and of longing for a better life.

Visit for complete details, including links to an online signup sheet, instructions for lead singers, and some suggested virtual backgrounds (just in case your bunk isnt completely ship-shape). Youll need a good internet connection, and should be prepared to have fun!

Kasins rousing collection of Sheltered-In Chantey videos at is a great way to get your voice warmed up in advance. And if youd like to learn more about this fascinating folk music tradition, the Park Maritime Research Centers Chantey Pathfinder has links to books, music and scholarly journal articles at

For more than 70 years, San Francisco Maritime National Park Association has worked to bring maritime history to life for visitors to the San Francisco Bay Area. The Association supports San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and independently operates the World War II submarine museum and memorial USS Pampanito. Connect at, or follow @sfmaritime on Twitter, FB and Instagram.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes a fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and the Aquatic Park Historic District. Visit the Park online at; follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ SFMaritimeNPS; and join us on FB @ SanFranciscoMaritimeNHP.

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