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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

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  • Ferryboat EUREKA closed for maintenance.

    Ferryboat EUREKA is closed for maintenance. The gangway that links the ship to the pier is being repaired.

Manuscripts

Letter from Mrs William Reid to Miss Edith W. Reid (SAFR 8342)
Letter from Mrs William Reid to Miss Edith W. Reid (SAFR 8342)
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The manuscript collection, estimated at over 3,000 linear feet, ranges in size from a single item, such as a personal letter or diary, to dozens of boxes of business records. Collection strengths include the records of maritime-related institutions and marine business, labor, and shore-based activities. The Park also has several large collections from noted historians of Pacific maritime history.

Significant collections currently available to researchers include:

  • The Alaska Packers Association Records, 1876-1945 from the last sailing ship company under the American flag
  • The American President Lines Records, 1871-1995 document the important APL, Dollar Steamship and American Mail Lines
  • Harry Dring (Ships Manager) Records, 1954-1988 are a resource for ongoing maintenance of the Park's historic fleet of vessels

Information on how to access the collection may be found in our Collections FAQ.

Did You Know?

A historic photo of a 19th century San Francisco street.

19th century San Francisco was a hard drinking town. The sailing ship Balclutha helped quench that thirst by delivering cargoes containing Scotch whiskey, Dutch bitters, French vermouth and ales and liquors of all kinds. More...