This year, the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights club didn’t have the usual annual BBQ due to schedule conflict among members. We put it off a couple times, and next thing you know, the weather isn’t good for it. So, instead, we decided to have a club sponsored lunch. There were a couple possibilities, but since Paul Reck is an associate member of the St. Francis Yacht Club, we decided it would be a nice location for our club lunch, and so we scheduled the lunch to follow our November meeting.
On Thursday, March 2nd, members of the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights got an opportunity to tour the facility where all the big stuff belonging to the San Francisco Maritime National Park are stored. The trip was set up and organized by Paul Reck and R. Karnell of the Park Service, who gave the tour.
This was a rare and unique opportunity to see what’s stored away in the enormous San Leandro warehouse. Some of it was there in preparation for use at Hyde Street Pier, like the C.A. Thayer’s and Balclutha’s spars. Other items were there waiting for restoration. Other’s still were just being stored there to protect them from deterioration, in the hopes that they will be displayed or worked on at some time in the future.
The next meeting of the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights is coming up quickly, Saturday, February 18th aboard the ferryboat Eureka.
Naturally, the sunny weather we’ve been enjoying in the San Francisco Bay area is coming to an end, and the forecasts call for a couple days of rain. However, they show a break in the weather on the weekend. Let’s hope they’re correct!
In the meantime, here’s the latest issue of the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights Newsletter for February for your reading enjoyment.
Note that we’ve got an outing coming up on March 2nd to the Maritime Museum off-site storage facility where we’ll see LOTS of stuff not normally accessible to the public. Now’s a good time to join the club!
The model club’s annual barbecue is happening late this year, and will be taking place in lieu of the regular September ship model meeting on Saturday, September 17th.
So, there will be no regular meeting that day, and the ship model shop on board the Eureka will be closed. Members who haven’t done so, should make sure to contact Paul Reck about attending the barbecue, which will be at 1pm at his house.
A mandate was made this year that all volunteers working at Hyde Street Pier must attend a safety training course. As all Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwright members are officially Park Service volunteers, all club members are required to attend safety training.
Terry Dorman, the Volunteer Coordinator, in coordination with our lead volunteer and President, Paul Reck, has set up a session for club members on the morning of April 30th, and has graciously offered to provide us lunch. All members are expected to attend. Those who can’t attend should have made alternate arrangements with Terry to attend a session on April 23rd, or made some other arrangements.
We’ll be discussing this a bit further and answering any last minute questions at the upcoming April club meeting. Ω
Veteran’s Day, 2015 was a gathering time for members of the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights as they took a cruise aboard the U.S.S. Potomac, which is based out of Jack London Square in Oakland. The ship, originally built in 1934 as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Electra. She was late transferred to the U.S. Navy and renamed the Potomac, and was used as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidential yacht.
Club member Jerry Bellows serves as engineer aboard the ship and arranged our club outing, which consisted of 18 members and guests.
The two hour cruise took us under the new span of the Bay Bridge, over to Fishermans’ Wharf close to Hyde Street Pier (actually just got as far as the Liberty Ship Jeremiah O’Brien and submarine Pampanito), then back along the San Francisco waterfront and back under the Bay Bridge and back to Jack London Square.
Along the way, one of the unexpected sights was the C.A. Thayer in Alameda where she is being worked on.
It was interesting to see her there out of the water, but we did find ourselves wonder when she’s going to be getting her masts.
Being that it was Veteran’s Day, there were many veterans aboard and the narrator gave special honors to each and every one. Including many of our own club members.
All in all, as you can see, it was a really nice day to be out on the water. Special thanks to Jerry and Fran Bellows for organizing the trip and for giving us a special tour of the engine room and for helping to keep us out of trouble. Ω