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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

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Balclutha

The 1886 square-rigged ship Balclutha at San Francisco Maritime NHP's Hyde Street Pier.
The 1886 square-rigger BALCLUTHA.
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Overall Length
301 feet
Length of Deck
256.5 feet
Beam 38.6 feet
Depth 22.7 feet
Gross Tonnage
1689
Height of Mainmast
145 feet

 

  • Balclutha is a three-masted, steel-hulled, square-rigged ship built to carry a variety of cargo all over the world.
  • Launched in 1886 by the Charles Connell and Company shipyard near Glasgow, Scotland, the ship carried goods around Cape Horn (tip of South America) 17 times.
  • It took a crew of about 26 men to handle the ship at sea with her complex rigging and 25 sails.

 
 

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.