Welcome to the MESS

Maritime Education for Students of the Sea (MESS)

The MESS (Maritime Education for Students of the Sea) are informal lunchtime lectures meant to showcase a wide array of maritime knowledge, research and skills. Subjects in the past have included shipwreck survival, Louise Boyd: Arctic explorer, rope walks and maritime fine arts. Lectures usually last around 40 minutes with time for questions afterwards. The MESS lectures seek to amplify new voices, honor experience and respect the diversity of maritime culture. Each lecture is live broadcasted from this webpage and available for viewing. The MESS lectures are sponsored by the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association to help showcase the collection of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The ongoing lecture series takes place on the last Thursday of every month at 11AM (PST). 

Next Broadcast:

A Sailor Looks at Maritime Lit, a talk with Dr. Colin Dewey
(Thursday, July 29th, 2021 at 11AM)


Dr. Colin Dewey (Associate Prof of English, Cal Maritime; “A” book member, Sailors’ Union of the Pacific) will reflect on some favorite maritime literature from his blended perspective as a sailor and scholar of the sea. He will discuss his recent publication, “Robots and Memories: Autonomy and the Future” in A Cultural History of the Sea Vol 6, The Modern Era (Bloomsbury, 2021).


2021 MESS Lecture Schedule:

Burial at Sea. Professor David Stewart.
(Thursday, August 26th at 11AM)

Details coming soon.

Pets and the Maritime Community. Sari Mäenpää.
(Thursday, September 30th at 11AM)

Details coming soon.  

Underwater Wonders of the National Park Service. Bert Ho.

Rescheduling Date TBD