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

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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.

 
 

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