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: Thursday, March 25th at 11AM
Chinese Cannery Workers in Salmon Canning Industry. Jim & Philip Chiao.
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2021 MESS Lecture Schedule:

Chinese Cannery Workers in Salmon Canning Industry. Jim & Philip Chiao.
(Thursday, March 25th at 11AM PST)

Each year, from the late 19th through the early 20th century, thousands of Chinese workers would sail from SF, Seattle, and Portland to Alaska to work in remote locations canning salmon. In the early 1970s, brothers Jim and Philip Chiao spent several summers in Alaska canneries while working their way through college. In this lecture, the two will speak to the birth of the salmon canning industry, life inside the canneries, the rise, decline and demise of the Chinese workforce.  

Underwater Wonders of the National Park Service. Bert Ho.
(Thursday, April 29 at 11AM PST)

Bert Ho is not only the Chief of Cultural Resources at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, he is also a maritime archaeologist and a submerged cultural resource diver. Mr. Ho will be sharing his experiences diving in some of the more stranger places such as the thermal vents in Yellowstone Park. Come for a talk but stay for the adventure! 

Modeling Traditional Japanese Boats, from Research to Construction. Clare Hess.
(Thursday, May 27th at 11AM)

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.

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.