Maritime Research Center Lecture Series

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). 

2021 MESS Lectures:

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

Each year, hundreds of Chinese workers would sail to Alaska to work in remote locations canning salmon. Brothers Jim and Philip Chiao were among those who did the grueling work while working their way through college. In this lecture, the two will speak to the history of Chinese labor, life inside the canneries and the eventual demise of the industry.  

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)

Master model maker Clare Hess is pulling back the curtain and giving a tour of his model shop. He’ll talk about his passion for modeling, give some demonstrations and show some of his beautiful constructions.  



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