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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

Language and literature and SF Maritime Collections

Highlights from the Park's collections related to language and literature:
 

Language, sea terms:

Fiction:

Poetry:

Writers:

Did You Know?

The stern of the THAYER showing two rectangular-shaped openings.

Loading ports are small, watertight doors in a ship's hull that lead directly into the hold. Lumber could be more easily loaded into the hold through these ports rather than through the smaller hatches on the deck. These ports had to be caulked shut before the ship put to sea. More...