Humboldt Bay Maritime plans historic boat day for March 15

The Humboldt Bay Maritime is proud to announce it’s first Historic Boat Day Saturday, March 15, at Zerlang & Zerlang Marine Services boatyard on the shore of Humboldt Bay in Finnetown.

This event is a team fundraising effort to generate funds for two worthy vessel restorations; the maritime museums newest acquisition, the 1917 fishing vessel Stephanie and the Golden Rule Project’s restoration of their sailing vessel and the first peace boat that encouraged the Greenpeace movement, the Golden Rule. It is a celebration and sharing of maritime history, giving guests a look at traditional boat restoration, woodworking and behind the scenes aspect of a working boat yard.

The afternoon’s events will include a vintage boat show of numerous small skiffs, scull boats and powerboats that have not been in the public eye for a number of years. The maritime museums historic harbor cruise vessel Madaket will be hauled out on the marine railways at the boat yard for its annual inspections; guests will be able to see the vessel completely out of the water with her hull (underbelly), rudder and propeller exposed in the salt air.

A forge will be operating making brass belaying pins that will be offered for sale. Guests will also experience the marine railway in operation as a vessel is taken out of the water and pulled up onto land. The museum’s 1917 retired fishing vessel, Stephanie, will be the vessel hauled up to make her debut and join in with the historic boat day festivities. The F/V Stephanie commercially fished until 2003 out of Humboldt Bay. Since then the vessel had been abandoned and in 2012 the maritime museum began a grassroots restoration project of the vessel.

Barbecued oysters and corned beef and cabbage are included in the admission fee of $30 per person, $20 for seniors and juniors, and $15 for children 6-12.

In addition to the plentiful food there will be silent and live auctions along with a two bands playing throughout the event, Kingfoot and Kindred Spirits. The Zerlang & Zerlang Marine Services boatyard is located at 1493 Fay St., Finnetown (across from Eureka and just south of Samoa on the North Spit of Humboldt Bay).

For information and tickets go online at, or call 707-440-9380 for other arrangements or questions. The Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum is not for profit organization formed in 1977 dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting North Coast maritime history.