Visitors holding capstan bars walk in a circle and turn the capstan during a shipboard demonstration. This capstan is on the Balclutha near the bow and is a winch-like device that was used to raise and lower the anchor. The anchor line would wind around the capstan.
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.
The BALCLUTHA joins the historic fleet at Hyde Street Pier to help the Park “preserve and interpret the history and achievements of seafaring Americans and the Nation’s maritime heritage, especially on the Pacific Coast.”