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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

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  • Hyde Street Pier Closed Mondays through Thursdays (July 24 - August 20)

    For public safety, Hyde Street Pier will be closed mid-pier Mondays - Thursdays from July 24 - August 20 during replacement of Eureka's mooring piles. There is no access to the historic ships. The visitor center, Maritime Museum & Aquatic Park are open. More »

Object Collections

Beakhead from the barkentine Charles F. Crocker, 1891 (SAFR 9340)
Beakhead from the barkentine Charles F. Crocker, 1891 (SAFR 9340)
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The museum object collections contain approximately 35,000 items that represent the lives of the men and women who built and sailed vessels along the Pacific Coast of North America as well as those who worked in maritime related industries or relied on the maritime community for their transportation needs. Among these items are artifacts dating back to San Francisco's gold rush days, as well as more recent items from the twentieth century, fine art, tools and equipment used in maritime endeavors, the personal effects of sailors and passengers, and parts of historic vessels.

Access to the Park's stored museum artifact and stored small craft collection is currently unavailable until fall 2014 as we move these collections to a new facility. The archival collections continue to be available via appointment. Decisions regarding potential new acquisitions to the museum collection will be deferred until January 2013 when the move is complete. If you are in need of research assistance during this time, please contact us. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Did You Know?

Clipper card, SAFR 16981

Clipper cards were small, often colorful cards issued to advertise specific voyages from one port to another, usually from Boston or New York to San Francisco. Their heyday was the late 1850s to early 1860s. More...