A cowl vent on the main deck of BALCLUTHA increases air circulation below decks. Deckhand Ali Maheu fashioned this bit of netting across the opening. It is another example of Ali's fancywork, sophisticated knotwork, that serves a utilitarian purpose.
When the full rigged BALCLUTHA was a member of the Alaska Packer's Association in the early 1900s, she was named the STAR of ALASKA. Here she is underway with some of her squaresails and staysails set.