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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • Ferryboat EUREKA closed for maintenance.

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

Accessibility

For detailed accessibility information please call the Visitor Center, seven days a week, 9:30am to 5:00pm, at 415-447-5000 and/or read the park's Universal Access Guide (232 KB pdf document). A limited number of accessible parking spaces are located at the entrance to Hyde Street Pier. Hyde Street Pier, the Visitor Center, the Maritime Store, and the Maritime Library are wheelchair accessible.

Located in the visitor center, and on the main deck of the ferryboat Eureka, are computer kiosks where a virtual reality tour of the park (including the ships) is available.

The Labors of HERCULES: Celebrating Hercules 100th Anniversary
In 2007 there was an exhibit in the park's visitor center about the history and restoration of the ocean-going steam tug Hercules. If you missed the show you can still see it by clicking on this link and opening up the PDF files that include photographs of the show as well as images of the artifacts, ship models, photographs, captions, and text panels.

Cargo Is King! exhibit on BALCLUTHA at Hyde Street Pier
This exhibit is on the historic ship Balclutha. Step aboard the square-rigged sailing ship moored at Hyde Street Pier, and make your way below deck to the 'tweendeck. Here you can explore the lantern-lit, below-deck world crammed with sights, sounds, and smells of a past century. Balclutha sailed all over the world carrying a variety of cargo.

In case you might not be able to visit in person, we have provided a rich collection of PDF files that include many of the photographs, maps, illustrations, and text from the exhibit (Sorry, no smells.). It's not as good as the real thing, but we think you will enjoy them.

Lumber Schooner C. A. THAYER Interpretive Panels
Clicking on this link will take you to a webpage of PDF files of the interpretive panels that were on the 1895 lumber schooner C. A. Thayer. Thayer left the Hyde Street Pier in 2003 and spent the next four years at a shipyard in Alameda, California undergoing a massive rehabilitation. The panels were removed in preparation for that project and will eventually be reinstalled on the vessel. Thayer returned to Hyde Street Pier in 2007 where work continues on the deckhouse.

Did You Know?

San Francisco Fire, 1906. A painting by William A. Coulter.

San Francisco Fire, 1906. A painting by William A. Coulter. The "Great Earthquake" shook the city at 5:12 am on Wednesday, April 18, 1906. William A. Coulter, a maritime artist and journalist, painted this scene on a ten foot wide window shade that he pulled from a demolished bank building in the rubble of the still-burning city. More...