A series of historic photos with brief captions depicting the journey of trees cut for lumber along the California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia coasts. The lumber, much of it Douglas fir and Redwood, was brought to San Francisco by sail and steam schooners. Whole forests of lumber went into the reconstruction of San Francisco in the wake of the 1906 Earthquake.
A diverse group of storytellers—from Laney College ESL (English as a Second Language) students to Sundance-and-Emmy award winning filmmaker Judy Irving—gathered at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park to share their narratives in the belief that that stories matter.
In April 2015 the crew moved a longboat from Hyde Street Pier back onto Balclutha. Chris Jannini, Supervisory Marine Carpenter, took these photos.
The boat being moved is one of two replica longboats built by Ray Speck for the park over 25 years ago. The two boats have been maintained in place on Balclutha since then but some small sections of the gunwales had developed rot so both were removed two years ago for rehabilitation by Small Boat Shop crew and volunteers.
Most vessels similar to Balclutha carried two or more boats of this type. They were used for transporting men and materials when in harbor and could also be used under oars to tow the ship if necessary.
The ship capstans and traditional block and tackle were used to place the longboat back on her skids amidships. The process took about two hours.
High school students learn the ins and outs of building a small, wooden rowing boat. Combining hands-on work with classroom studies, they achieve more than just building a boat. They gain confidence and life skills along with a sense of accomplishment.