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

Sailing ships and SF Maritime Collections

Highlights from the Park's collections related to particular sailing ships (see also life aboard ship and SF Maritime Collections):

 

Alma:

Balclutha:

  • Bibliography, compiled by Chris Edwards with the assistance of Diane Cooper, August 8, 2004. A selection of recommended resources available in the Library. (Adobe Acrobat .pdf file, 2 p.)
  • Plans: see our Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Drawings page for obtaining them free online, or in print for a fee.

C.A. Thayer:

Croton:

Jeannette:

Kaiulani (later Star of Finland)

Lina:

Niantic:

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...