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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

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  • Hyde Street Pier Closed Mondays through Thursdays (July 24 - August 20)

    For public safety, Hyde Street Pier will be closed mid-pier Mondays - Thursdays from July 24 - August 20 during replacement of Eureka's mooring piles. There is no access to the historic ships. The visitor center, Maritime Museum & Aquatic Park are open. More »

Heroines At Sea: Adventures of Sailing Wives

A historic photo of a woman on the deck of a sailing ship using a sextant.

Mrs. Alff Hansen and mate taking sights aboard a barkentine (sailing vessel) built in 1901.

SAFR J09.08059n

Join us for an interesting and fun program aboard the 1886 square-rigged Balclutha.
Saturdays, March 16 and 30, 3-3:30pm.
The program is FREE for those 15 years old or younger and just $5 for others.
When a captain's wife went with her husband to sea during the Age of Sail, the voyage could be routine or she might experience unique and sometimes horrific adventures. How did various Victorian women handle the challenges of life at sea? Hear selected TRUE stories as we tour the ship.

Did You Know?

Clipper card, SAFR 16981

Clipper cards were small, often colorful cards issued to advertise specific voyages from one port to another, usually from Boston or New York to San Francisco. Their heyday was the late 1850s to early 1860s. More...