Tall Ships of San Francisco
Maritime History and Model Ships by Steve Priske ~ Shipwright - Historian

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Steve Priske - Maritime Historian - Shipwright holding model of Clipper Ship Western Shore scratch built based on discovered original ship yard blueprints hand drawn on onion skin circa 1874.


“I would like to invite you, your family and friends to join us for an exciting evening exploring the recently unearthed history of San Francisco’s largest fleet of west coat built tall ships circa 1850 - 1920.

In this ‘Live Documentary’ you will see and hear about a huge fleet of 65 ‘blue water’ tall ships, all built on the west coast, between 1859 and 1920.

Each presentation is fully narrated and runs a minimum one hour, with a question-answer follow up.

This historical presentation is based on a recently unearthed collection of 1,500 Glass Plate Negatives, also known as Daguerreotype photographs, most have never been published in Maritime History books.

Hundreds of these fully restored glass plate photographs are being shown to the public for the first time in 130 years!

The Oregonian Newspaper in reporting on this unprecedented historical discovery said:
“It’s like finding another pyramid in the desert!”


Please see the links below for stories published in San Francisco Newspapers.

Upcoming Presentations of the Tall Ships of San Francisco



Previous Presentations of the Tall Ships of San Francisco ®

Maritime Museum of Monterey
California Maritime Academy
Balclutha Square Rigged Ship - S.F.Maritime Park
Golden Gate Tall Ship Society
St. Francis Yacht Club 
San Francisco Yacht Club
Vallejo Yacht Club
Emeryville Yacht Club
Bay View Boat Club
Los Gatos Yacht Club
Half Moon Bay Yacht Club
Treasure Island Yacht Club
NASA Ames Research Center
Sausalito Yacht Club

The Bay Model Sausalito
Richardson Bay Maritime Association

Sons in Retirement - Walnut Creek
San Francisco Towers
Logging Modelers Convention - Sonora
Sons In Retirement - SIRS of Oakmont
Marin Power Squadron
Santa Rosa Sailing Club
Redwood Coast Power Squadron
Rotary Club of Santa Rosa, East & West
Marin Yacht Club
Oakland Yacht Club
Sonoma County Woodworkers Association
San Francisco Model Yacht Club
Coos Art Museum
North Bend, Oregon 101st Anniversary City Celebration
Mill Casino - Coos County Historical Society

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