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A panorama taken from amidships of the Balclutha, a steel hull, fully rigged sailing ship dating from 1886. This majestic ship is now one of the star attractions moored in San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. This panorama shows some of the Balclutha's rigging, and view over the park and Aquatic Park. You can see numerous other historic ships moored here. Through the forward rigging is the San Francisco CBD, while just shy of the stern, the Golden Gate Bridge can be seen in the far distance.


Balclutha - San Francisco visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Balclutha' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from California.

Balclutha is a tall ship, a three-masted, steel-hulled square-rigger built as a deepwaterman for international cargo transportation. Launched in Glasgow in 1886, Balclutha is 301ft long with a beam of 38.6ft, a depth of 22.7ft and a mast height of 145ft. Her crew of 26 tended her 25 sails and rigging through annual around the world voyages.

Leaving Cardiff in Wales on her maiden voyage, she arrived in San Francisco 140 days later, exchanged her cargo of coal for wheat and proceeded on to New Zealand. There she exchanged cargoes, taking on wool and tallow bound for London. In 1899, she sailed under Hawaiian registry carrying timbers to Broken Hill mine in Australia. Soon after, she became a salmon packet around Alaska. Following a period of private ownership, in 1954 she became the care of San Francisco Maritime Museum (later a National Parks Service) and became designated a National Landmark in 1985


San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
2905 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94109


Bus: North Point St & Hyde St (10, 20, 30, 47, 91)
Cable Car: Fisherman's Wharf
Light Train: Jones St & Beach St (F)

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