Friday, April 26, 2013

Port of San Francisco Marks 150th Anniversary

Starting in April and throughout 2013, the Port of San Francisco is hosting events and activities on the waterfront and throughout the city that highlight the port’s rich maritime and cultural history.

The port was established April 24, 1863 with the Legislature’s creation of the State Harbor Commission for San Francisco, which oversaw the port’s development, including the construction and upkeep of wharves, piers, and seawalls, the dredging of the harbor, and the collection of all rents, tolls, wharfage and dockage fees. On Sun. April 28, the port celebrates its 150th anniversary with a Maritime Day on the Waterfront event, scheduled for 10 am to 5 pm.

Maritime Day is a family oriented daylong public celebration of events and activities along the waterfront from Hyde Street Pier in the north to Heron’s Head Park (Pier 98) in the south. Activities are scheduled to include public boat tours, bicycle tours, exhibits, lectures, public tours, a film festival and interpretive displays.

The public boat tours will be conducted from 10 am to 5 pm at the Hyde Street Pier Commercial Fishing Harbor. Cost is $15 for adults, but free for children 12 and under. More information about the boat tours and other Maritime Day events can be found on the port’s website,