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

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Cargo Is King! Exhibit on the BALCLUTHA

The introductory panel for the Cargo Is King! exhibit.
The introductory panel for the Cargo Is King! exhibit.
Park Ranger Chris Poissant accepting the award for the park.

Park Ranger Chris Poissant accepts the award on behalf of the park at the NAI conference held in Hartford, CT in 2009.


The Cargo is King! multimedia exhibit, located on the ‘tweendeck of the 1886 square-rigger Balclutha, was awarded first place in the 2009 National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Media Competition. Please visit Balclutha soon and descend below deck to enter this lantern-lit, immersive environment. Discover the important cargoes Balclutha transported around the world and the stories of the people who depended on them.

Please click here to see a rich collection of PDF files that include most of the photographs, maps, illustrations and text in the exhibit.

The round, blue NAI 2009 media award logo is depicted.

NAI 2009 Media Awards logo


The NAI is a professional organization dedicated to advancing the profession of interpretation, currently serving 5,000 members in the United States, Canada, and thirty other nations. Members work at parks, museums, nature centers, zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, commercial tour companies, and theme parks.

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A woman seated behind a tule reed canoe.

This is Native American consultant Linda Yamane posing with the tule reed canoe she constructed for a new exhibit in the park's visitor center. "The Waterfront" exhibit opened in 2012 and features an historic walk around San Francisco's waterfront. More...