Marine Camp Sneak Peek #4

San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park

This summer our Ocean Explorers will be transported in time to see how 19th century ocean explorers lived and travelled across the world’s waters.

The Balclutha with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

We are excited for this new partnership. It is an amazing opportunity for our campers to climb aboard the square-rigger Balclutha and experience what ocean exploration was like over one hundred years ago. This three-masted, steel-hulled, square-rigged ship had an impressive life. It carried many types of cargo all over the world, working for many companies. It even had a brief moment of movie stardom in Mutiny on the Bounty, rubbing hulls with the likes of Clark Gable and Charles Laughton. Now the Balclutha rests at the Hyde Street Pier in the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood with a beautiful view of the Golden GateBridge and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

When we visit the park our campers will take a tour of the Balclutha led by a park docent. They’ll learn about sailing life and sing some shanties before touring the other historical ships at the pier. We will also have access to the park’s private docks where amazing marine life can be observed up close. Many of the creatures attaching to these great ships traveled with them from afar—our campers will see how human exploration has changed our ocean and the wildlife that we see. From there we will hit the beach and see what other wildlife can be found along the shore before heading back to MSI.

There are still spaces available in the following Ocean Explorer camps (wait lists are available for other weeks):

June 17-21

July 1-3 (a 3-day, prorated camp)

Sign up today! Only 25 more days until camp.

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2 Responses to “Marine Camp Sneak Peek #4”

  1. Welcome to summer camp | Marine Science Institute Blog Says:

    […] Ocean Explorer Rays are going to Aquatic Park (Maritime National Historical Park). Don’t forget: LAYERS, water bottle, sunscreen, close-toed […]

  2. Out and about | Marine Science Institute Blog Says:

    […] today as well. They are learning all about other types of ocean explorers at Aquatic Park (aka Maritime Historical National Park). After a tour on the tall ship Balclutha our Explorers will take a look under the private docks […]


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