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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

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?

The exterior of the historic brick buiding that houses the park visitor center.

The brick building that houses the Visitor Center was built in 1908. It was originally constructed as a warehouse for the California Fruit Canners Association. The building was was given Landmark Status in 1975.