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Maritime past at Fort Mason.

Filling a lofty new space at San Francisco's bayside Fort Mason Center are the sights, sounds, and documents of the city's maritime past. Nearly a century of sea-faring, from gold rush days to the onset of World War II, is captured by the collection of the National Maritime Museum's J. Porter Shaw Library.

Hundreds of tapes and records preserve sailors' tales and chanteys. More than 170,000 photographs, including many prints from original glass negatives, show grand sailing ships and steamers, shipwrecks, and shipbuilding in San Francisco Bay. In the reading room, periodicals cover current topics such as wooden boat building and coasted fisheries.

The closed-stack, noncirculating collection is on the third floor of Building E in Fort Mason Center, at Marina Boulevard and Laguna Street. Hours are 1 to 5 Thursdays and Fridays, 10 to 5 Saturdays. You are welcome to browse through the periodicals and call up books, but appointments are required for photographic and oral history research. Copies of original photographs can be ordered. Call (415) 556-9870 for details.
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Title Annotation:National Maritime Museum at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
Date:Apr 1, 1985
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