Historic ships on the Hyde Street Pier

  • May 11, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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The Maritime Museum has an amazing collection of lovingly-restored ships. You can get up close on the pier for free, or pay $5 to get on board all of them. These functional works of art are great to sketch, from the graceful curves of the hulls to the abstract patterns of spars and rigging. You can see sketches from a previous meetup in this area here.

This is the lineup:

1886 square-rigger Balclutha

1895 schooner C. A. Thayer

1890 steam ferryboat Eureka

1891 scow schooner Alma

1907 steam tug Hercules

1914 paddlewheel tug Eppleton Hall

1890 (circa) San Francisco Bay Ark

1915 steam schooner Wapama

3:30 We'll meet up after sketching at the Black Point Cafe on Northpoint at Larkin, across the street from Ghirardelli Square.


- A folding stool/chair if you have one. There are benches, but usually not where you want to sketch.

- Hat, sunscreen and a windproof jacket.


Buses: #19 Polk, #30 Stockton, #42 Downtown Loop, #47 Van Ness/Potrero, #49 Van Ness/Mission, F Market Historic Streetcar, Powell-Hyde Street Cable Car

Bike: From Embarcadero BART station you can ride around the waterfront; it just gets a little hairy at the end as you ride through Fisherman's wharf. Coming from the west you can take the great bike path along the Marina. Riding from Civic Center BART, the flattest route is up the sometimes hair-raising sharerows on Polk Street (you will see why the Bike Coalition is lobbying for better bike lanes there.) Still, it's better than Van Ness.

Car: There is a lot of free parking at the north end of Van Ness Avenue, on the west side of Aquatic Park. If that's full, try parking up on the hill between Aquatic Park and Fort Mason, near the Community Gardens or the Youth Hostel. From there, walk down the path just above the water and along the beach to the pier. Do not park in any of the Fisherman's Wharf garages; their prices are extortionate!


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  • A former member
    A former member

    A great day with fine people. Hope to come visit this lovely city again soon.

    1 · May 11, 2013

    • Laurie W.

      Remember to post those sketches when you get home.

      May 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Laurie. You're doing the SF art community a wonderful service. I just posted that third drawing you asked about, although I think it is too loose. Yes, it's a great idea to search meetup for activities you like in a city your visiting. It enriches the experience both of the visit and of the activity.

      May 15, 2013

  • Laurie W.

    As I was leaving I ran into the cafe owner and the new chef she has just hired. She said she'd be delighted to have us back again, and would reserve some tables for us to make sure we have enough room and would put together some special snacks. Nice people!

    2 · May 12, 2013

  • Liz S.

    So much to draw - angles, bows, masts, and RUST. I would definitely return to sketch and paint.

    May 11, 2013

  • Liz S.

    Hi Laurie,
    When you say "the end of the pier" do you mean the closest to the bay or the street?

    May 11, 2013

  • Shelly

    I will be late. Will try to be there by 2pm.

    May 10, 2013

    • Laurie W.

      glad you can still make it.

      May 11, 2013

  • Hannah M.

    Bringing my brother too :)

    May 10, 2013

  • Marilyn M.

    Have to cancel Sorry to miss this

    May 9, 2013

  • Laurie W.

    At the start of the meetup we'll get together at the end of the pier to introduce ourselves. After that everyone can stick together to sketch if they want to, but mostly what happens is that people scatter in all directions to sketch the things that most interest them. Then we get together at the end to sit down and talk.

    2 · May 7, 2013

  • Chloe L.

    Do we meet up before the sketch or only after it at 3:30?

    May 7, 2013

    • Jake M.

      Good question. I am a newcomer, so I thought we would all meet identified by our sketchbooks at 1 PM, then disperse, but now with this question I see it more like people coming in at different times and we all meet at 3.30

      May 7, 2013

  • Marilyn M.

    My time of day :))

    April 30, 2013

  • Mary W.

    great location! thanks Laurie!

    April 29, 2013

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