June 11, 2017
1886 SQUARE-RIGGER BALCLUTHA WILL CLOSE ON JUNE 11 TO PREPARE FOR A THREE-MONTH DRYDOCK VISIT, REOPENING AT HYDE STREET PIER THIS FALL
San Francisco – On Sunday, June 11, 2017, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s 1886 sailing ship Balclutha will close to prepare for a three-month visit to an Alameda drydock. Yard work will include regular maintenance, and installation of a new chair lift to her cargo hold exhibits. Balclutha will re-open at her Hyde Street Pier berth in the fall of 2017.
Balclutha’s steel-plated hull will be sandblasted, inspected and freshly painted. Her poop deck will be repaired, and then recaulked. All of her yards (the masts’ horizontal crosspieces) will be removed and inspected.
Also during this drydocking, a new chair lift will be fitted into a shelterdeck hatch, making the ship’s cargo hold (and “Cargo is King” exhibit) much more accessible to Park visitors with mobility issues. The electric lift is the first phase of a long-term initiative to increase access for more park visitors to experience this square-rigged National Historic Landmark.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, Maritime Museum, Visitor Center, Aquatic Park Historic District, and Maritime Research Center. For more information, please call 415-447-5000 or visit nps.gov/safr, Twitter @SFMaritimeNPS, and Facebook @SanFranciscoMaritimeNHP.