• 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.

Guided Tours

Visitors raising the staysail on Balclutha.
Visitors singing a sea chantey as they raise the staysail on Balclutha.
An NPS Photo
 

A variety of park ranger-led programs and demonstrations are offered. Programs change daily. Guided tours of the historic ships Balclutha, Eureka and Hercules are available. Sail raising demonstrations are offered on the weekends. It is best to call the visitor center on the day of your visit to find out what programs are scheduled. The Visitor Center is open everyday from 9:30am to 5:00pm, 415-447-5000.

Did You Know?

Balclutha moored at the pier with a modern container ship passing behind her.

A modern container ship slips behind Balclutha on its way to port. Ocean routes are still the major highways of the world. Balclutha, moored at San Francisco Maritime NHP, was an ocean-going cargo ship for 43 years, between 1886 and 1929.