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

    San Francisco Maritime

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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.


Steam schooner dockside in 1931.
The WAPAMA in San Francisco in 1931.

Statistics (Dismantled 2013)

Overall length 216 feet
Beam 40 feet
Depth 14 feet
Gross Tonnage 951
Propulsion System Single screw propeller,
Triple expansion steam
engine, 825 IHP
(Indicated Horsepower)
Boilers Two oil-fired water tube

  • Constructed in 1915 almost entirely of Douglas fir in St. Helens, Oregon by the St. Helens Ship Building Company.
  • A wooden steamship and the last survivor of the approximately 235 steam schooners that were built on the West Coast.
  • The Wapama, and similar steam schooners, transported lumber from Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, that was used to build California cities.
  • These large, wooden vessels also provided the only effective passenger service from the 1880s through the 1930s.

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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.