A sailing canoe enthusiast pushing the limits on the Oakland estuary, ca. 1885. Image courtesy of the UC Berkeley Bancroft Library
The exhibition Impressionists on the Water offers a rare and delightful window onto the boating culture of 19th-century France. San Francisco Bay was itself a nexus for much the same sporting spirit in this era, filled with sleek racing canoes, experimental yachts, and a lively waterborne social scene. John C. Muir will interpret the marvels of the current exhibition through a boatman’s eyes, and render the parallel period pleasures of our local scene through historic photographs from the archives of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
John C. Muir is the curator of small craft at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and Maritime Museum