• A section of the bowsprint and figurehead on the bow of BALCLUTHA.

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

The Wonderful World of Steam

The Wonderful World of Steam...

Fill a tea kettle with water, place it on a hot stove, and after a few minutes, what do you hear?

If you guessed whistle, or made the sound “eeeeee!” you would be right!

Did You Know?

Three sailors posing and the man on the left is holding a small dog.

Animals once served as important members of a ship's crew. Even though many of them worked to control pests or provide food, their main function was to serve as ship's mascot. The dogs, cats, birds, monkeys, and even bear cubs that went to sea as mascots, can often be seen in formal crew portraits. More...