From: Jon Allen, San Francisco – donor, volunteer, and friend
“When you sent your Appeal letter of June 27, 2020, the first sentence caught my eye and I had to respond. You started out saying that we (including volunteers) would like to think Call of the Sea is unsinkable. And that made me think of the Titanic as it also was thought to be unsinkable in 1912. So, in that light, I had to help Call of the Sea from sinking and made a gift! And this unsinkable part reminded me of another story. My Great Aunt, Elisabeth Walton Allen, was returning to New York on the Titanic in 1912. Miss Allen, then 29, was one of twenty five people lowered from the port side in lifeboat No. 2. The seventh lifeboat of eight that were lowered from the Titanic. Lifeboat No. 2 was the first one picked up by the Carpathia. Miss Allen was the first up the ladder, as the others were afraid to start up. Miss Allen was asked by an officer where the Titanic was, and she told him quite simply, ‘she has gone down’.”
From Dawn Morf, The Story Behind the Planks in the Matthew Turner
Dawn and Nick Morf of Sausalito had decided to open a larger-scale restaurant in the commercial district on Broadway in San Francisco in the late 1990’s. Nick had inherited the property from his father. It had been a stable at one time, among other things. The renovations turned out to be quite extensive in refurbishing the old building for a restaurant. The timbers from the original floors were of the massive type used to build ships in the late 19th century. These timbers ended up becoming support timbers for the keel and ship, planks to support Matthew Turner while being built. During the excavation there was extensive digging below the street level and many layers of humanity’s debris from another era. Among other things, they found one lady’s boot, a small boy’s tricycle and horseshoes, of course. Before Dawn could gather these up, the workers had whisked them away, but she has a few remaining photos.
Student-Led, Dominican University Public History Program
Dave Anderson, Call of the Sea’s Deputy Director is working with Dr. Jordan Leiser of Dominican University and his Public History class to develop a series of podcasts and videos to augment the nautical history curriculum for our students. These media assets will focus on:
History of the Brigantine & the ship builder Matthew Turner
Bay Area immigration (Angel Island)
Defending San Francisco Bay (Fort Point, Fort Baker)
Commerce on the Bay (Port of San Francisco, Port of Sausalito)
Call of the Sea students will learn about the Nautical Heritage of San Francisco Bay. By visual observation and rich storytelling, they will understand how the immigration, defense and maritime commerce landmarks observed from the decks of Matthew Turner & Seaward tell the story of California.