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Building Bridges and Labor Maritime History Boat Tour

July 16 @ 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm


5:45 PM Boarding, 6:00 PM Departure
Boat leaves promptly at 6:00 PM

Please arrive 30 minutes before the boarding time.
Tour lasts 3 hours

A complimentary meal will be provided, however, if you are on a special diet, please bring your own food. (Sorry, we do not take any special orders for food.)

Join the best labor maritime trip in the world. Learn about the great labor history of the Bay Area, from the 1934 Maritime Strike, which help shape the charactor of San Francisco to the effort to save the EPA to ensure the Bay stay clean.
We will hear from labor historians Gray Brechin, Harvey Schwartz, Harvey Smith, Lawrence Shoup and labor photographers like Joseph Blum. We will also hear about ongoing struggles of workers in the Bay Area.
Enjoy labor songs with troubadours and musicians. Come one, come all, and experience the beauty of sailing the San Francisco Bay.
The tour end with the spetacular view of the sunset over the Golden Bridge from the middle of the Bay.
You can’t afford to miss this great maritime tour.

To make your reservation:
By E-mail: laborfest@laborfest.net
Or call: (415) 642-8066
and leave (1) your name, (2) phone number and (3)number of people in your party. (We prefer e-mail.)

We will contact you to confirm your reservation. Then, you should mail a check ($45/person, children under 6 – free, 6 to 12 $25) to
LaborFest, P.O.Box 40983, San Francisco, CA 94140.

We don’t send out tickets, but we will either e-mail or call you back to let you know that we received your check, and as soon as we receive your check, your reservation will be confirmed.
You will get your ticket at the pier before you get on the boat.
We will be gathering to the left of Pier 39, toward Pier 41 (Blue & Gold Fleet).
Please be there at least 30 minutes before departure time in order to go through paper work.
We expect the tickets to be sold out quickly, so please make your reservation early.
Who Built the Golden Gate? New Book Tells Bridge Workers’ Stories – by Peter Cole
Building Bridges and Maritime History Boat Tour – LaborFest 2014 slides – by Mike Melnyk

Whale Joins LaborFest Maritime Boat Tour


July 16
5:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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Pier 41
Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 41
San Francisco, CA United States
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Steve Zeltzer
July 17, 2017, 5:01 pm

Whale Joins LaborFest Maritime Boat Ride (see the picture above – a whale spouting water).

Kazmi Torii
July 18, 2017, 10:11 am

George Collier sent this message, and I’m posting it with his permission.

Dear LaborFest,
I write to congratulate you on the wonderful Harbor tour yesterday. We’ve taken many of the past Harbor tours, and all of them have been excellent and always exceptionally informative about current developments in shipping history, maritime labor relations, and of course the fascinating bridge projects for with the SF Bay is famous.
The vessel you used yesterday was larger than in the past and very good at accommodating all of us, including several who are mobility impaired. The crew was wonderfully helpful.
Every year you have something new to offer, and we are so grateful.

George Collier

Kazmi Torii
July 18, 2017, 1:26 pm

Rita Dougherty sent this message, and I’m posting it with her permission.

I am one of St. Paul’s Towers residents who joined you on Sunday. Thank you for remarkable history lessons, professional site observations and current event reports. Knowing that your organization is made up of volunteers amazes me. Add tasty food and a beautiful day and we are all winners.

Rita Dougherty

Kazmi Torii
July 19, 2017, 5:08 am

Mary B. Strauss sent this message, and I’m posting it with her permission.
As a first-timer to Laborfest, I had a great time on your boat tour Sunday and will definitely go again next year! It was very informative about Bay Area labor history, the food was good, and the crew very helpful. Probably best for me was your wonderful trio of musicians belting out the terrific old labor songs. I sat and stood with them during their performances at departure time and towards the end of the trip. Joining in on This Land Is My Land as we went under the Golden Gate Bridge towards the end was perfect. Of course we were very lucky to have a lovely sunny day and evening, and the complimentary appearance of the spouting humpback whale certainly added a marvelous touch. I learned so much and enjoyed every minute of it.
Mary B. Strauss

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