Live and Virtual Maritime Programs

We are Excited to Broadcast our National Treasures to you!


Monthly Series

Welcome to the MESS: Maritime Research Center & Library Lecture Series

The MESS (Maritime Education for Students of the Sea) are informal lunchtime lectures during the last Thursday of the month meant to showcase a wide array of maritime knowledge, research and skills.

(Last Thursday of the Month at 11AM PDT)

Chantey Sing: A Virtual Concert with Singers from Around the World

Our popular monthly virtual chantey sing includes performer, both professional and amateur, from around the world.

(Every Third Saturday of the Month at 11AM PDT) 

SF Maritime Live: Virtual Ranger Tours of the SF Maritime Park

The Association and Maritime Park are excited to announce the launching of San Francisco Maritime Live (SML), which provides the public with live broadcasted ranger tours of the National Treasures of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

(Every Third Sunday of the Month at 10:30AM PDT)





Special Events
(More Events Coming Soon)

Chantey Sing:: A Virtual Concert with Singers from Around the World

One of the Bay Area’s most beloved musical traditions is live from – your own home! As in the past, these chanteys can help us through challenging times by encouraging cooperation, creativity, and humor.

(Saturday, May 15th @ 11AM – 1PM PST)

San Francisco Maritime Live: Truths about Hercules – Rarely Pure and Never Simple

This virtual program explores the truths of human experience beneath an engineering façade. Join Rangers Chris and JR for a look at life and work on the Steam Tug Hercules.

(Sunday, May 16th at 10:30AM – 11:30AM PST)

Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham Sea Music Concert

Hailing from Derbyshire, England, Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham are leading exponents of traditional and contemporary English folk song and chanteys. They have toured extensively throughout the world, and they have a number of recordings to their credit. “…breathtaking harmony work that leaves the listener gasping.” -Folk Mag

(Saturday, May 22nd @ 11AM – 12:30PM PST)

Modeling Traditional Japanese Boats, from Research to Construction

Longtime ship modeler Clare Hess has spent the past several years studying the unusual subject of the watercraft of pre-modern and early modern Japan. This is a rare topic for model makers and boat enthusiasts. Join us as he pulls back the curtain on this mysterious subject and gives a rare glimpse into the modeling of traditional Japanese boats.

(Thursday, May 27nd @ 11AM – 12:00PM PST)