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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

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    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 »

Archival Collections

Apollo Logs (SAFR13575, HDC0029)
The three Apollo logbooks (SAFR 13575, HDC 0029). These three rough logs were kept from January 16, 1849 to November 12, 1849 by Joseph Perkins Beach, the son of the ship's owner, during its voyage from New York to San Francisco.
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The archival collections concern the history and achievements of seafaring Americans primarily of the Pacific Coast of North America covering the span of history from the California Gold Rush era to the recent past. The collection provides historical evidence of activities and information about people, organizations, events, and places of significance for visitors researching maritime history.

Professional archivists, curators, and librarians preserve and make the collections available for use by the public, including:

 
SAA's Using Archives Badge

Courtesy Society of American Archivists

New to archival research? See the Society of American Archivists' Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research.

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.