The Richmond Museum Association has announced a new lecture series aboard the SS Red Oak Victory that will focus on the San Francisco Bay.
The series, entitled Above, Below and In the San Francisco Bay!, will open May 26 with a 6 p.m. talk by Alan Olson of Educational Tall Ships. The organization is building a traditional wooden tall ship (see photo above) called the Matthew Turner that will serve as an experiential learning platform for thousands of local youth. Check out a video of the project:
The vessel, when complete, will be operated by Bay Area nonprofit Call of the Sea, which has operated educational on-the-water programs since 1984.
Matthew Turner was a sea captain and the most prolific shipbuilder in the history of the U.S., constructing a total of 228 ships. He came to California from Ohio in 1849 to work in the gold fields and established Matthew Turner Shipyard in Benicia, where 154 wooden ships were built.
To attend Olson’s lecture on May 26, visitors simply need to pay the $10 fee to board the SS Red Oak Victory at 1337 Canal Blvd., Berth 6A, in Richmond. For more information, call (510) 235-7387.