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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California


The ferryboat EUREKA moored at Hyde Street Pier.
The ferryboat EUREKA, built in 1890.

EUREKA'S Statistics

Overall Length 299.5 feet
Extreme Width 78 feet
Gross Tonnage 2420
Horsepower 1500
Passengers 2300
Automobiles 120

Eureka is a wooden-hulled, sidewheel paddle steamboat.
From the passenger deck up, she is nearly identical fore and aft.
Her "double-end" design made disembarking quicker and easier.
Eureka's large "walking beam" steam engine remains intact.


Did You Know?

Fog envelopes San Francisco Bay, leaving only the top of the Golden Gate Bridge visible.

“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Many attribute this phrase to Mark Twain, however the origin is unknown. It is a good thing to remember when visiting San Francisco Maritime during the summer. Don’t forget a coat, as the summer fog keeps temperatures in the city cool.